Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, Ph.D.

SAM_0191Associate Professor of Microbiology

B.S.    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Ph.D.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BUMC Research Profiles

Dr. Nikolajczyk is an experienced Molecular Immunologist who has been leading analysis of immune systems changes in obesity and type 2 diabetes patients and DIO mice for the past 5 years. She has led the teams that published the first detailed work showing B cells and T cells from T2D patient blood are pro-inflammatory thus are consistent with murine studies published at about the same time. She has recently published a manuscript detailing the role B cells play in T cell regulation during T2D thus is well versed in analysis of white blood cells. Dr. Nikolajczyk’s established molecular expertise coupled with her more recent experience with metabolic research brings a unique perspective to the analysis of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and how those changes might be exploited to find a cure.