Laurie A. Minns, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research

Laurie MinnsDr. Laurie Minns joined the SON faculty in 2021 from the University of Montana where she was an Assistant Professor in Biology. Dr. Minns received her training as a mucosal immunologist the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and held positions in industry and academia. In both sectors, she performed clinical immune monitoring of several Phase I-Phase II clinical trials for novel immune-therapeutics and vaccines for autoimmune disorders, cancers and infectious diseases. She also held several teaching positions in the Chamberlain School of Nursing, the Community College of Vermont and Kaplan University.

Successful clinical trials require interdisciplinary collaboration and excellent communication. To that end, Dr. Minns focuses her teaching on helping students better understand the medical literature and the importance of clear and collaborative communication.

Dr. Minns’ research interests are in the area of translational medicine. She works on two different projects: the first is a laboratory-based project and the second is a community-based project. In her immunology lab, she measures immune cell responses to natural and synthetic immune-modifiers with the goal of identifying novel therapeutics. For her community-based project, she heads an interdisciplinary team to study the caregiver burden of brain cancer patients. Each of these projects aims to improve the lives of patients through innovation from the research realm to the patient’s bedside.

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  • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines
  • 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • 2005: PhD Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
  • 1999: BS Microbiology, University of Montana
  • 1997: BA Psychology, University of Montana

Research Interests

  • Translational Medicine
  • Novel Immune System Stimulants
  • Vaccine Adjuvants
  • Clinical Trial Immune Monitoring
  • Caregiver Burden for Brain Cancer Patients’ Families
  • Legislative Advocacy for Glioblastoma Multiforme patients and their families

Community Engagement

  • American Association of Immunologists
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
  • Glioblastoma Support Network

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