Jenny Gumperz, Ph.D.
Dr. Gumperz is Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison WI. She received her Bachelor's degree with Honors in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Parham. She performed postdoctoral studies as a Burroughs Wellcome Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation at Harvard University in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Brenner, and subsequently as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital she was awarded a Charles A. King Trust fellowship by The Medical Foundation. Dr. Gumperz joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 2003, and was selected as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 2005. She was appointed as a standing member of the Innate Immunity and Inflammation NIH Study Section in 2012. Throughout her career Dr. Gumperz' research has focused on understanding the molecular recognition strategies and immunological functions of human innate lymphocytes such as NKT cells, with the ultimate goal of developing immunotherapeutic approaches utilizing these aspects of innate immunity. A major current direction of her lab involves developing novel approaches to model the functions and interactions of human immune cells that lead to physiological outcomes in cancer, inflammation, and infectious diseases.