Mark Painter

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate

Biography

I attended the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology in May 2014. I came to the University of Michigan as a PIBS student in August 2014, and joined the Graduate Program in Immunology and Kathy Collins's lab in May 2015, where I am currently conducting my dissertation research.
 

Research Interests

My project focuses on developing strategies to reverse HIV immune evasion by characterizing small-molecule inhibitors of HIV Nef-mediated downmodulation of MHC class I in infected cells. I am also working on gaining a better understanding of the establishment and maintenance of latent HIV infections in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, with the goal of informing the design of improved latency-reversal strategies.
 

Awards

  • 2014 Maas fellow
  • 2016 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (Pre-candidate)
  • 2017 Rackham Travel award
  • 2017 Graduate Program in Immunology annual retreat- best poster
  • 2017 NIH NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • 2018 Rackham Travel Award
  • 2018 Herman and Dorothy Miller Award for Innovative Immunology Research

Abstracts

1. Painter MM, McLeod MR, Tripathi A, Gomez-Rodriguez L, Zimmerman GE, Sherman DH, Collins KL. “Discovery and Characterization of Natural Product-Derived Inhibitors of HIV Nef.” Oral presentation presented at: Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses; 2018 May 21-26; Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
2. Painter MM, Zaikos TD, Collins KL. “Quiescence-induced HIV-1 latency in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.” Oral presentation presented at: Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses; 2017 May 22-27; Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
3. Painter MM, Zaikos TD, Collins KL. “Quiescence-induced HIV-1 latency in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.” Poster presented at: Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses; 2017 May 22-27; Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Publications

Immunology Mentor