How are Vaccines Developed?

Researchers from the UC Davis Medical Center will discuss how researchers approach creating vaccines, how vaccines get from the lab to hospitals and take live questions.

  • Dr. Dennis Hartigan-O'Connor is an assistant professor at the UC Davis Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine. His research focuses on development of the human immune system and interaction of that system with agents of chronic infection such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Most recently he has studied development of Th17 cells, regulatory T cells (T-regs), and antigen-presenting cells in the mucosal immune system. He is interested in the relationship between variable development of such immune cells and variable control over chronic infectious diseases. He is also fascinated by the interactions between the normal gut microflora, pathogenic organisms, and immune cells within the intestine.
  • Dr. Kristin Grimsrud is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Vivaria and Veterinary Care Mouse Biology Program. Her research interests include pharmacology with an emphasis in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, physiological based pharmacokinetic models and variations in special populations. Additionally, Dr. Grimsrud's research focuses on development and optimization of translational animal models.