DHVI Faculty Appointments, Promotion, & Tenure - Dr. Derek Cain


The DHVI is pleased to announce that Dr. Derek Cain has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine effective December 1, 2021.

Dr. Cain obtained his PhD in Immunology from Duke University in 2010 and completed his postdoctoral research with Dr. Garnett Kelsoe investigating humoral responses to HIV peptide immunization in small animal models, mechanisms of adjuvant effects, and the influence of inflammation on hematopoiesis. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science where he investigated the cellular and molecular effects of glucocorticoids on B cell development and function.

In 2016, Dr. Cain joined the faculty at DHVI as an Assistant Professor in Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between T and B cells during infection or following vaccination that lead to the production of protective antibodies. He is particularly interested in the events that take place within germinal centers, the anatomic site of antibody evolution during an immune response.

Dr. Cain is involved in many grants here at DHVI and serves as the Director of the DHVI Flow Cytometry Facility, and is a member of the Duke Research Laser Safety Committee and the DHVI Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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