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Laura Vogel

Professor of Immunology Laura Vogel will deliver the spring Distinguished Lecture for the College of Arts and Sciences with “A fantastic voyage: B cells, the unsung heroes of the immune system” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Vogel’s research explores immunology, or the study of white blood cells and how they protect against infection. Particularly, she focuses on cellular immunology and how immune responses are regulated. Her lab at Illinois State incorporates genetics and biochemistry as well as environmental effects on the cellular level.

Named Outstanding University Researcher in 2014, Vogel’s work has been supported by more than $1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. She has also been honored with the ISU Leadership Initiative Award, the Outstanding University Service Award, the Outstanding College Researcher Award, and the Outstanding College Teacher Award.

Outside the University, Vogel has served on National Institutes of Health grant-review teams, served as a manuscript reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed research journals, and was the director of research exchanges for the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology Steering Committee.

She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Toledo’s Medical College of Ohio.