Ellen joined the McNeel lab in July 2015 as a research technician.
The McNeel lab has several clinical trials open involving the use of DNA vaccine treatment for prostate cancer patients. Antigen-specific immune responses are monitored for each patient at multiple time-points along the course of treatment. Ellen’s work involved processing blood from trial patients to isolate peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) for use in a variety of assays (including ELISpot, intracellular cytokine staining, and proliferation) looking for T cell activation in response to antigen stimulation as a measure of immune response.
Ellen also used to maintain several of the lab’s mouse colonies and nourishes the lab with delicious cookies.