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Nicole Baumgarth- DVM, PhD
Professor and Researcher
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

County Rd 98 & Hutchison Drive
CCM # 1004, Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 5813


Research Focus

Regulation of immunity to respiratory viral pathogens and to Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease


1987 DVM , Staatsexamen Tiermedizin, Hannover, Germany,
1989 PhD Microbiology (Immunology), School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Honors and Awards

2010 Member, AAI Program Committee
2008 Member, NIH study section "Immunity and Host Defense"
2007 Chancellors Fellow
2001 UC Davis Candidate for Pew Scholarship Trust
1999 & 2000 Travel awards to attend the Keystone Symposium on Immunological and Biological Aspects of Protein Delivery to the Lung
1996 Young Scientist Award
1990-1992 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft"
1989 Carl Norden Prize for most outstanding research during postgraduate program on Veterinary Science
1982 Gerhard Bohne 2. Prize for Assay on the "Theology of Karl Bart" (German Federal Award)


Licence to practice Veterinary Medicine (awarded by the State of Lower Saxony, Germany)

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Long-lived B cell immunity in the Respiratory Tract, (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIAID

Principal Investigator, Host-defense against Borrelia burgdorferi infection, (Principal Investigator), Lyme Research Alliance

Principal Investigator, Cell-fate decisions in antiviral immunity, (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIAID

Principal Investigator, Comparative Medical Science Training Program, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis

Co-Investigator, BCR regulation of antibody responses, Anthony De Franco (UCSF) (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIAID

Principal Investigator, Influenza Research Database, (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIAID

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Oslund KL, Zhou X, Lee B, Zhu L, Duong T, Shih R, Baumgarth N, Hung LY, Wu R, Chen Y Synergistic up-regulation of CXCL10 by virus and IFN ? in human airway epithelial cells. PloS one,
  • Link Icon 2014 Hastey CJ, Ochoa J, Olsen KJ, Barthold SW, Baumgarth N MyD88- and TRIF-independent induction of type I interferon drives naive B cell accumulation but not loss of lymph node architecture in Lyme disease. Infection and immunity,
  • Link Icon 2014 Sckisel GD, Tietze JK, Zamora AE, Hsiao HH, Priest SO, Wilkins DE, Lanier LL, Blazar BR, Baumgarth N, Murphy WJ Influenza infection results in local expansion of memory CD8+ T cells with antigen non-specific phenotype and function. Clin Exp Immunol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Baumgarth N How specific is too specific? B-cell responses to viral infections reveal the importance of breadth over depth. Immunol Rev,
  • Link Icon 2013 Priest SO, Baumgarth N The role of innate signals in B cell immunity to influenza virus. Front Biosci (Schol Ed),
  • Link Icon 2012 Elsner RA, Ernst DN, Baumgarth N Single and coexpression of CXCR4 and CXCR5 identifies CD4 T helper cells in distinct lymph node niches during influenza virus infection. J Virol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Gardner MB, Baumgarth N, Fell A, McSorley SJ, Solnick JV, Bevins CL Meeting report: a symposium on the evolution of common molecular pathways underlying innate immunity. Microbes Infect,
  • Link Icon 2012 Squires RB, Noronha J, Hunt V, GarcĂ­a-Sastre A, Macken C, Baumgarth N, Suarez D, Pickett BE, Zhang Y, Larsen CN Ramsey A, Zhou L, Zaremba S, Kumar S, Deitrich J, Klem E, Scheuermann RH Influenza research database: an integrated bioinformatics resource for influenza research and surveillance. Influenza Other Respir Viruses,
  • Link Icon 2012 Martin ME, Dieter JA, Luo Z, Baumgarth N, Solnick JV Predicting the outcome of infectious diseases: variability among inbred mice as a new and powerful tool for biomarker discovery. mBio,
  • Link Icon 2012 Hastey CJ, Elsner RA, Barthold SW, Baumgarth N Delays and diversions mark the development of B cell responses to Borrelia burgdorferi infection. J Immunol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Barthold SW, Baumgarth N: Immunology and Infectious Diseases of the Mouse, J.G. Fox and M.T. Whary, (ed), The Biology of the Mouse. .

2014 Yenson V, Baumgarth N: Purification and immune phenotyping of B-1 cells from body cavities of mice., Gaetano Vitale and Francesca Mion (eds.), (ed), Methods in Molecular Biology . 17-34.

2013 Baumgarth N, Carroll MC, Gonzalez S : Antibody-mediated immunity, R.G. Webster, A. S. Monto, T. J. Braciale, R. A. Lamb, (ed), Textbook of Influenza, Second Edition. .

2013 Baumgarth N: Innate-like B cells and their rules of engagement., P.D. Katsikis et al (eds.), (ed), Adv Exp Med Biol. 57-66.

2009 Baumgarth N: B cell immunophenotyping, Darzynkiewicz Z, Robinson JP, Roederer M, (ed), Essential Cytometry Methods, Philadelphia. .