Joseph Dean

PhD StudentJoseph Dean using a pipette

Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
PO Box 110880
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL  32611-0880
FAX 352-392-9704


  • MS, Medical Science, University of Florida, 2017
  • BSc, Biology, University of Florida, 2015
  • AA, Eastern Florida State College, 2012

Research Interests

I am a second year graduate student in the College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. I did my undergraduate studies at UF and worked in the Department of Surgery investigating autophagy in liver ischemia reperfusion injury. During my master’s, I studied the role of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-12 and IL-18 in the pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes with a focus on the relationship of NK and regulatory T cells. After I completed my thesis, I wanted to apply the knowledge I gained about the immune system to the rapidly expanding field of cancer immunotherapy. In Dr. Zhou’s lab, I investigate the role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in anti-tumor immunity. I am married to a fellow graduate student and together we have two dogs, Bella and Luna. Outside of work, I like to canoe, play the drums, and hike with my dogs.

Recent Publications

  • Biel T.G., Lee S., Flores-Toro J.A., Dean J.W., Go K.L., Lee M-H., Law B.K., Law M.E., Dunn W.A. Jr, Zendejas I., Behrns K.E., Kim J-S. Sirtuin 1 suppresses mitochondrial dysfunction of ischemic mouse livers in a Mitofusin 2-dependent manner. Cell Death and Differentiation 23, 279-290. (February 2016)


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