Lukens Lab

Calli Bellinger joins UVA Neuroscience program

March 31, 2017 — Undergraduate researcher Calli Bellinger was admitted into the UVA Neuroscience program. Congratulations Calli! We are excited to have you join the program.

John added as Associate Editor for prominent journal

March 21, 2017 — John was named an Associate Editor for the Journal of Immunology. Congratulations John!

Southeastern Immunology Symposium – John Presents!

February, 2017 — John was invited to be a featured speaker at The 6th Annual Southeastern Immunology Symposium at Vanderbilt University, happening June 17-18 in Nashville. Register here by May 15 if you’re interested in attending!

Celia McKee publishes in Frontiers in Immunology

December 5, 2016 — Celia published a review in Frontiers in Immunology chronicling the relevance of immune cell and signaling pathways in the long-term cognitive outcomes of patients suffering a traumatic brain injury. Read Emerging Roles for the Immune System in Traumatic Brain Injury here.



John Lukens selected for editorial board

December 27, 2016 — John was selected to participate on the editorial board for the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Lab receives Annette Lightner Research Award!

August 18, 2016 – The lab received an Annette Lightner Research Award to support a project ascertaining the role of dendritic cell-mediated SYK signaling in the development of multiple sclerosis and how this pathway may be manipulated to provide novel MS treatment options.

Nature Medicine Published Paper!

August 4, 2016 — Elizabeth and John published “The brain’s reward circuitry regulates immunity” in Nature Medicine’s News and Views section, a review explaining recent findings that further demonstrate how psychological health and physical health are intertwined.



UVA seed grant awarded

May 10, 2016 – The lab was awarded a University of Virginia Research and Development seed grant to explore how dysregulated IL-1 production contributes to traumatic brain injury.


Calli Bellinger receives award

April 11, 2016 – Undergraduate researcher, Calli Bellinger, received a Hutchison Undergraduate Research Award to further pursue her studies in the lab over the summer.


Welcome Elizabeth Frost!

April 4, 2016 – Elizabeth Frost, PhD, joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow!