AIMEE PUGH BERNARD, PhD
IMMUNOLOGIST. EDUCATOR. SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus (CU AMC) and the Founder of a non-profit community outreach program, Think Like a Scientist (TLaS).
I completed my PhD in Immunology at the University of Rochester studying the developmental regulation of autoreactive B cells in humans with the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and went on to further my training in 2 post-doctoral fellowships. Since 2007, I have been dedicated to teaching and currently teach immunology to a variety of professional students on the CU AMC.
My current research interests focus on curriculum design, innovative ways to teach and learn science, science communication, and community outreach science education.
I recently took on the role of Director of the CU AMC Basic Sciences Departments newly created Science Communication Program aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and the community.
I am also the Executive Director of the CU Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative (HI3). The mission of the HI3 is to develop the infrastructure to create an all-inclusive facility that provides experimental models for the preclinical testing of new candidate therapeutics, reliable immunotherapeutic production, consistent clinical trials research support, and organized immune monitoring capabilities. HI3 has also continually recruits exemplary faculty who will complement and enhance existing strengths and train future scientific leaders within the realm of immunotherapy.
The ultimate goal of the HI3 is to establish preeminence in human immune system-targeted therapies on the CU Anschutz medical campus.