Deborah A. Kimbrell

Deborah Kimbrell headshot

Position Title
Lecturer Emerita

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests

Identification and characterization of the genes involved in the tissues and responses of the innate immune system; the evolutionary conservation of innate immunity genes; space travel and the effects of altered gravitational fields on the immune system.

Education and Degree(s)
  • 1972 B.A. in Biology/Psychology, Mills College
  • 1985 Ph.D. in Genetics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ueira-Vieira C, Kimbrell DA, de Carvalho WJ, Leal WS. Facile functional analysis of insect odorant receptors expressed in the fruit fly: validation with receptors from taxonomically distant and closely related species. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2014; 71:4675-80.
  • Taylor K, Kleinhesselink K, George MD, Morgan R, Smallwood T, Hammonds AS, Fuller PM, Saelao P, Alley J, Gibbs AG, Hoshizaki DK, von Kalm L, Fuller CA, Beckingham KM, Kimbrell DA. Toll mediated infection response is altered by gravity and spaceflight in Drosophila. PLoS One. 2014; 9:e86485. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086485.
  • Kleinhesselink K, Conway C, Sholer D, Huang I, Kimbrell DA. Regulation of hemocytes in Drosophila requires dappled cytochrome b5. Biochem Genet. 2011; 49: 329-351.
  • Syed Z, Kopp A, Kimbrell DA, Leal WS. Bombykol receptors in the silkworm and the fruitfly. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010; 107:9436-9439.
  • Kimbrell D, George M, Fuller C, von Kalm L, Beckingham K, Hoshizaki D, Gibbs A, Alley J, Taylor K, Fuller P, Kleinhesselink K, Hammonds A, Morgan R, Smallwood T, Kloehn, A. Modeling the effects of altered gravity on the immune response using the fruit fly Drosophila. J Grav Physiol. 2008; 14: 94-96.