Dr. Mercedes Rincon, University of Vermont
Dr. Rincon is one of the leaders studying the role of IL-6 in CD4 T cell differentiation and cytokine production (since 1996) and has provided a number of important contributions. Her group has shown the role of IL-6 in Th2 and Th1 differentiation, and more recently on IL-21 production by CD4 and CD8 T cells, and its implication on antibody production on B cells. Dr. Rincon’s studies on IL-6 expand from in vitro in primary mouse and human T cells to in vivo mouse models (e.g. IL-6 in influenza virus vaccines and infection, IL-6 on allergic airway inflammation) and further to bench site (IL-6 in asthmatic patients and IL-6 on rheumatoid arthritis patients).