Welcome Dr. Edelblum!

Karen Edelblum, PhD., recently joined NJMS as Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar in the Center for Immunity and Inflammation (CII) and the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  CII is a division of the i3D (Institute of Infection and Inflammatory Diseases).

Dr. Edelblum was appointed as a Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Chancellor Scholar. The Chancellor Scholars Fund recruits the highest quality faculty for interdisciplinary positions focused on research to strengthen and build the RBHS research mission.

Her training began in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her graduate training, Dr. Edelblum focused on the role of Raf-1 kinase in intestinal epithelial cell survival downstream of pro-inflammatory cytokine signaling and in response to acute colitis. Fascinated by the synergy between immunological, epithelial and microbial factors during the pathogenesis of colitis, she continued her training at The University of Chicago where she developed novel advanced live imaging approaches to visualize immune/epithelial interactions in the intestinal mucosa during exposure to enteric pathogens.

Combining traditional cell biology and mucosal immunology techniques has allowed Dr. Edelblum to investigate gamma delta T cell migration and how direct contact between gamma delta T cells and enterocytes confer protection against enteric pathogen invasion. Her long-term research interests are to identify how gamma delta T cell/epithelial interactions shape innate immune responses to pathogenic and commensal bacteria as a means to treat inflammatory bowel disease.