Tanya McKitrick, Ph.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Dr. McKitrick received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2011 in the field of comparative immunology, where she functionally characterized an allorecognition protein in the colonial tunicate, Botryllus schlosseri. She began her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Max Cooper and Dr. Richard Cummings in 2012 at Emory University studying the adaptive immune system of the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus.The primary focus of Dr. McKitrick’s work is to leverage the unique nature of the lamprey adaptive immune system to develop novel research and diagnostic reagents that can characterize the spatial and temporal expression profile of carbohydrates. Utilizing the resources at the NCFG, she has developed a rapid, efficient and novel method for generating a suite of recombinant lamprey antibodies that recognize a broad array of unique glycan structures with exquisite specificity and that can be used for most standard immunological methods such as ELISA, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and FACS analysis. She is involved in many other collaborative projects through the center.