SARS-CoV-2 VACCINES: HOW THEY WORK & WHAT TO EXPECT
Mar 02, 2021
(Evening Meeting) STEPHANIE JAMES & AIMEE BERNARD
SARS-CoV-2 VACCINES: HOW THEY WORK & WHAT TO EXPECT

(This meeting is scheduled to be a hybrid meeting - combination of in-person and online with Zoom.)

Dr. Stephanie James earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Gonzaga University, her MS degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from the City University of Seattle. After spending years in the biotechnology industry, she returned to school at the University of Northern Colorado earning her doctoral degree in Biological Education, studying both education and zoonotic viruses, completing her dissertation on “The Effects of TGF on Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Disease”. Following her graduate studies, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado where her research investigated the immune responses to varicella zoster virus reactivation (which causes shingles). She is currently an associate professor of pharmaceutical science within the School of Pharmacy at Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. She also serves as the CLIA accredited, COVID laboratory director for Regis Student Health. Dr. James is involved with several educational and scientific organizations and received the International Society for Neurovirology Young Investigator Award, American Association of Immunology Public Policy Fellowship and is an American Society of Microbiology Teaching Fellow. Additionally, she has served on the Education Committee for the American Association of Immunologists, advisory board of the Colorado Student Leadership Institute and is currently serves on the Board of Directors for Immunize Colorado. The James laboratory studies how adults with Down syndrome respond to infections and infectious diseases and attitudes on immunizations at community pharmacies.

Stephanie James, PhD, MS, MBA Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions School of Pharmacy

COVID Laboratory Director, Regis University Student Health Services Regis University Denver, Colorado (303) 964-6168

Sjames001@regis.edu

Dr. Aimee Bernard has a broad background in cellular immunology and molecular biology, with specific expertise in human immunology, having attained her doctorate in the developmental regulation of human B cells and the autoimmune disorder Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

As the Assistant Director for the CU School of Medicine Dean’s Office Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative (HI3) Aimee has utilized her experience as an immunologist with expertise in human B cell development and autoimmunity, her expertise as an educator and communicator of science, and her organizational and program building skills to develop the research and clinical infrastructure necessary to create an all-inclusive, premier facility for the discovery and use of human immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Aimee is actively involved in the CU medical school curriculum reform serving on both the Longitudinal Integrated Basic Sciences committee and the Advanced Sciences committee. Aimee also teaches immunology within the graduate school, medical school, dental school,  and the Child Health Advocate and Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) program on the Anschutz medical campus. Most recently, Aimee has developed and taught a COVID-19 clinical disease focused course to second, third and fourth year medical students during the pandemic.

As a faculty mentor, she guides an amazing group of volunteer graduate students to run a non-profit, after-school science program – Think Like a Scientist - at nearby Aurora community elementary schools. Please visit (and share!) her Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition ‘Immunology 101’ Team Vaccine blog series.

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