Robert Maile, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery/Microbiology and Immunology
Specialties: Immunology, Translational research, Inhalation injury, Autommunity
PhD Degree: University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1998
Postgraduate Training: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina; American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow
Research interests: I am an Assistant Professor with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology. I direct the basic science research efforts of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center within UNC and UNC Hospitals. My main research interest is in innate and adaptive immune regulation during health and in disease, which I have studied for the last twenty years. I have investigated this in autoimmune thyroiditis (1992-98) and CD8+ T cell homeostasis, focusing on its role in graft rejection (1999-2004). My main focus in the Burn Center has been developing a translational and collaborative immunology research program with Dr. Bruce Cairns, MD and Dr. Samuel Jones, MD. Our projects examine immune responses against allograft, viral and bacterial pathogens after burn injury with particular focus on the lung. I mentor PhD graduate students and clinical/academic postdoctoral research fellows. I am a Course Director for the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate-level course MCR00712 and teach T Cell Biology to medical students as part of MEDI143.