Kristine Garza

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Kristine M Garza
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences - Bioinformatics - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)
Associate Dean, College of Science

The overarching focus of Dr. Garza's research is to understand the interactions between T cells and dendritic cells or macrophages in the induction and maintenance of T cell-mediated immunity. She also has interest in how these interactions are affected by factors such as airborne particulates or adipokines. Her work focuses on three areas: 1) the effects of nanocarbon particulates on macrophage function in the lungs; 2) the role of leptin on dendritic cells and what role this plays in the induction of productive T cell immunity in obese individuals; and 3) the potential inhibition of chemotherapy by leptin in obese patients.


  1. Cellular immunology
  2. T cell activation by antigen presenting cells such as dendritic cells and macrophages
  3. Impact of leptin or carbon nanoparticles on cell-mediated immunity
  4. Experimental approaches include flow cytometry along with cell-based assays and animal models


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