Positions

Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2022 Piecing Complement Together with LEGO Bricks: Impacts on Interest, Confidence, and Learning in the Immunology Classroom 2022
2022 Antigen and Immunogen: An Investigation into the Heterogeneity of Immunology Terminology in Learning Resources 2022
2021 An Analysis of Factors That Influence Students to Pursue Immunology 2021
2021 Inside the undergraduate immunology classroom: Current practices that provide a framework for curriculum consensusJournal of Microbiology & Biology Education.  22. 2021
2020 The Future of Undergraduate Immunology Education: Can a Comprehensive Four-Year Immunology Curriculum Answer Calls for Reform in Undergraduate Biology Education? 2020
2020 Using real-world examples of the COVID-19 pandemic to increase student confidence in their scientific literacy skillsBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.  48:678-684. 2020
2019 Out of the Curricular Shadows: Revolutionizing Undergraduate Immunology EducationFrontiers in Immunology.  10. 2019
2019 Simvastatin and ML141 decrease intracellular streptococcus pyogenes infectionCurrent Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.  20:733-744. 2019
2016 Short term, low dose simvastatin pretreatment alters memory immune function following secondary staphylococcus aureus infectionCurrent Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.  17:886-893. 2016
2016 The Effect of Lonicera japonica on LPS-Stimulated B-Cell FunctionsJournal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants.  22:139-147. 2016
2014 Long-term repeated daily use of intragastric gavage hinders induction of oral tolerance to ovalbumin in miceComparative Medicine (Memphis).  64:369-376. 2014
2014 Th17 cells demonstrate stable cytokine production in a proallergic environmentJournal of Immunology.  193:2631-2640. 2014
2014 Small molecule inhibitors limit endothelial cell invasion by staphylococcus aureusCurrent Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.  15:727-737. 2014
2013 Host cell invasion by Staphylococcus aureus stimulates the shedding of microvesiclesBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.  432:695-700. 2013
2013 Short term statin treatment improves survival and differentially regulates macrophage-mediated responses to staphylococcus aureusCurrent Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.  14:233-241. 2013
2012 Erythromycin treatment hinders the induction of oral tolerance to fed ovalbuminFrontiers in Immunology.  3. 2012
2010 Active immune response protects Stat6VT transgenic mice from developing a lymphoproliferative disorderImmunobiology.  215:579-585. 2010
2010 GTPase activating protein function of p85 facilitates uptake and recycling of the β1 integrinBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.  391:443-448. 2010
2008 IL-4 is a critical determinant in the generation of allergic inflammation initiated by a constitutively active Stat6Journal of Immunology.  180:3551-3559. 2008

Research Overview

  • My research involves identifying factors that may influence a student’s decision to pursue studying immunology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, investigating methods that can improve how we teach immunology in the undergraduate classroom as well as examining the effectiveness of learning activities aimed at teaching immunology concepts.
  • Teaching Activities

  • DENT1150 - Fundamentals I (Fall Term 2021)
  • DENT1150 - Fundamentals I (Fall Term 2022)
  • DENT1155 - Fundamentals II (Fall Term 2021)
  • DENT1155 - Fundamentals II (Fall Term 2022)
  • HC117 - Honors Seminar: Science/Math (Fall Term 2019)
  • HC117 - Honors Seminar: Science/Math (Fall Term 2020)
  • HC117 - Honors Seminar: Science/Math (Fall Term 2021)
  • HC117 - Honors Seminar: Science/Math (Fall Term 2022)
  • MBS696 - Special Topics (Summer Term 2019)
  • MBS696 - Special Topics (Summer Term 2021)
  • MBS696 - Special Topics (Summer Term 2022)
  • MIC150 - Current Topics In Immunology (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC150 - Current Topics In Immunology (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC150 - Current Topics In Immunology (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC250 - Seminars in Immunology (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC250 - Seminars in Immunology (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC275 - Introductory Immunology (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC275 - Introductory Immunology (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC275 - Introductory Immunology (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC275 - Introductory Immunology (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC275 - Introductory Immunology (Summer Term 2022)
  • MIC398 - Undergraduate Research Immu (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC398 - Undergraduate Research Immu (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC398 - Undergraduate Research Immu (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC400 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC400 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC400 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Summer Term 2020)
  • MIC401 - Innate Immunity (Fall Term 2019)
  • MIC401 - Innate Immunity (Fall Term 2020)
  • MIC401 - Innate Immunity (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC401 - Innate Immunity (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC402 - Adaptive Immunity (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC402 - Adaptive Immunity (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC402 - Adaptive Immunity (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC403 - Immunity Against Pathogens (Fall Term 2020)
  • MIC403 - Immunity Against Pathogens (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC403 - Immunity Against Pathogens (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC404 - Immune-Mediated Dieseases (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC404 - Immune-Mediated Dieseases (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC490 - Immunology Thesis (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC490 - Immunology Thesis (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC492 - Research Seminar in Immunology (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC498 - Honors Research in Immunology (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC498 - Honors Research in Immunology (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC499 - Honors Seminar in Immunology (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC499 - Honors Seminar in Immunology (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC600 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC600 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC600 - Microbiome in Health/Immunity (Summer Term 2020)
  • MIC601 - Innate Immune System (Fall Term 2019)
  • MIC601 - Innate Immune System (Fall Term 2020)
  • MIC601 - Innate Immune System (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC601 - Innate Immune System (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC602 - Adaptive Immune System (Spring Term 2020)
  • MIC602 - Adaptive Immune System (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC602 - Adaptive Immune System (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC603 - Host-Pathogen Interactions (Fall Term 2020)
  • MIC603 - Host-Pathogen Interactions (Fall Term 2021)
  • MIC603 - Host-Pathogen Interactions (Fall Term 2022)
  • MIC604 - Immune-Mediated Diseases (Spring Term 2021)
  • MIC604 - Immune-Mediated Diseases (Spring Term 2022)
  • MIC660 - Intro Immune System (Fall Term 2022)
  • OBHS111 - Fundamentals Dent/Optometry I (Fall Term 2021)
  • OBHS111 - Fundamentals Dent/Optometry I (Fall Term 2022)
  • OBHS112 - Fundamentals Dent/Optometry II (Fall Term 2021)
  • OBHS112 - Fundamentals Dent/Optometry II (Fall Term 2022)
  • PSDO200 - Introduction to Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • PSDO200 - Introduction to Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • STH299 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (Spring Term 2021)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University System : Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis 2003
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biochemistry, Indiana University System : Indiana University-Bloomington 1997
  • Full Name

  • Heather A. Bruns