Derry Roopenian, PhD

Professor of Medicine



BA, Zoology, University of Vermont
PhD, Pathobiology, University of Minnesota
Postdoctoral Training, University of Minnesota; Harvard Medical School



Campus: The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
Office: Snell 3310
Laboratory: Snell 3375

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-288-6396
Lab Phone: 207-288-6399
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Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

The overall goals of our laboratory are to understand why the immune system causes autoimmune diseases and to devise methods to predict and treat them. We develop and use mouse strains that provide models for human diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and epidermolysis bullosa. We use a combination of genetics, molecular biological and cellular immunological tools to dissect the molecular and cellular processes that cause these diseases. Finally, we study the mechanisms that affect the persistence of antibodies and antibody-based therapeutics. The information gained from all of these approaches is then used to devise possible therapeutic approaches with a keen eye on those that can be translated to humans.


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development