Jannette Dufour, Ph.D.
- School of Medicine - Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Sertoli cells; Immune privilege; Transplantation; Diabetes; Islets; Gene therapy; Cell Therapy
Dr. Jannette M. Dufour received her PhD in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University in 1999. She then trained as a postdoctoral fellow with the Islet Transplantation Group in the Surgical Medical Research Institute, Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada from 1999-2005. Dr. Dufour is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry and the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The focus of her research is to utilize the immune privileged properties of Sertoli cells to improve survival of transplanted insulin-expressing cells as a treatment for diabetes. Specifically, testing the feasibility of using immune privileged Sertoli cells as a vehicle to deliver insulin. The second major focus of her research is to examine the mechanism(s) of Sertoli cell immune protection in order to improve outcomes of transplantation. Her research has been funded by the American Diabetes Association, NIH and Texas ARP. She received the TTUHSC President’s Young Investigator Award in 2011, the Outstanding Women Leader (OWL) Award from the West Texas Association for Women in Science in 2013, the Harry M. Weitlauf Anatomy Teaching Award in 2013, and was recognized by the TTU System Board of Regents as an “up-and-coming” Investigator in 2011.