User:Demetrius Gravis

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Demetrius Gravis
Assistant Professor of Biology
Beloit College
Beloit, WI


  • PhD, Immunology
  • BA, Molecular Biology

Research interests

At Beloit College I teach courses in molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and microbiology and conduct research in these areas as well. My primary research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of cell signaling (signal transduction) and gene expression in leukocytes, the cells of the immune system. I use the tools of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology to examine how leukocytes are activated to respond to infection and how extracellular and intracellular signals regulate cell growth and cell death.

I have worked with a number of Beloit College students on biomedical laboratory research projects investigating the role of transcription factors in signal transduction and gene expression pathways that regulate cellular processes such as:

  • Innate and adaptive immune system activation
  • Interactions between microbes and the host immune response
  • Cancer
  • Free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and oxidative cell damage

Current Research Projects

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