Dr Beth A. Garvy

Dr Beth A. Garvy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and Associate Dean of Biomedical Education in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She obtained her BA in Biology and Science Education at the University of South Florida and went on to teach middle school science before continuing her education. She obtained a MS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University and PhD in Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. After post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Miami and Trudeau Institute, Dr. Garvy moved to the University of Kentucky to begin her independent research career. Her interest in immunology began in graduate school where she studied the effects of stress hormones on B cell development. While at Trudeau Institute, she trained under Alan Harmsen studying the immune response to Pneumocystis carinii and began a project examining host defense in the lungs of neonates that became the central theme of her independent research career. Dr. Garvy has served on numerous NIH study sections, chaired the Committee on Public Affairs for the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) and is the 2019 recipient of the AAI Distinguished Service Award.

Research Interests: Neonatal host response to lung pathogens including Pneumocystis and influenza virus; Host pathogen interactions between Pneumocystis life forms and innate immune cells; HIV effects on macrophage interactions with pathogens.