- Investigator, Neuroimmunology Unit
Karin Peterson, received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology in 1998 from the University of Missouri Medical School, where she studied autoimmunity and the activation of self-reactive T cells.
She then went to Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases and applied her skills in immunology toward understanding the mechanisms that control the immune response to retrovirus infection. During this time, she became interested in the immune responses to virus infections in the central nervous system (CNS).
In 2004, Dr. Peterson accepted a position as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she furthered her studies on viral pathogenesis in the CNS and also taught classes in immunology and virology.
In 2008, she returned to RML as a tenure-track investigator to study the innate immune responses in the CNS and their role in viral pathogenesis.
- (2020). Placental Myeloid Cells Protect against Zika Virus Vertical Transmission in a Rag1-Deficient Mouse Model. JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY. 205(1), 143-152.
- (2020). Upregulation of CD47 Is a Host Checkpoint Response to Pathogen Recognition. mBio. 11(3),
- (2019). Differences in Neuropathogenesis of Encephalitic California Serogroup Viruses. EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 25(4), 728-738.