NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Jessica Brinkworth

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Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Education

B.A. 1998, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) M.S. 2000, University of Toronto Ph.D. 2012, City University of New York

Contact

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Website: jfbrinkworth.com

Overview of Research

My research addresses the physiological consequences of the human experience and evolutionary past, particularly those that affect the innate immune system.  Current projects focus on the functional divergence and diversification of primate immune systems, how past epidemics affect present day immune function diversity and how life experience affects early immune responses.

Publications

 

Published refereed articles and chapters

Brinkworth, J.F. and L.B. Barreiro. 2014. “The contribution of natural selection to present-day susceptibility to chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease”. Current Opinions in Immunology. 31:66-78   

Brinkworth, J.F. and M. Thorn.  2013. “Vertebrate immune system evolution and
comparative primate immunity”. In J.F. Brinkworth and K. Pechenkina (eds) Primates, Pathogens and Evolution. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Vol 38: 17-64. Springer Publishing: New York.

Brinkworth, J.F.  and K.N. Sterner. 2013. “Toll-like receptor function and evolution in
primates” In J.F. Brinkworth and K. Pechenkina (eds) Primates, Pathogens and Evolution. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Vol 38: 91-116. Springer Publishing: New York.

Brinkworth, J.F. and K. Pechenkina. 2013. “Primates, pathogens and evolution: An  introduction”. In J.F. Brinkworth and K. Pechenkina (eds) Primates, Pathogens and Evolution. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Vol 38: 1-15. Springer Publishing: New York.

Brinkworth, J.F., Pechenkina, E.A., Silver, J., Goyert, S.M.. 2012. Innate Immune responses to TLR2 and TLR4 agonists differ between baboons, chimpanzees and humans. Journal of Medical Primatology. 41(6):388-393 DOI: 10.1111/jmp.12002. Published online (Sept 17, 2012) .

A.L. Gibson, R.C. Huard, N.C. Gey van Pittius, L.C.O.Lazzarini, J. Driscoll, N. Kurepina, T. Zozio, C. Sola, S.M. Spindola, A.L. Kritski, D. Fitzgerald, K. Kremer, H. Mardassi, P.Chitale, J. Brinkworth, D.G. de Viedma, B. Gicwuel, J.W. Pape, D. van Soolingen, B.N. Kreiswirth, R.M. Warren, P.D. van Helden, N. Rastogi, P.N. Suffys, J. L. e Silva, J.L. Ho. 2008. “Application of Sensitive and Specific Molecular Methods to Uncover Global Dissemination of the Major RDRio Sublineage of the Latin American-Mediterranean Mycobacterium tuberculosis Spoligotypee Family”. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 46(4):1259-1267. (DOI:10.1128/JCM.02231-07)

Peer-reviewed books and monographs

Brinkworth, J.F. and K. Pechenkina (eds) Primates, Pathogens and Evolution. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Vol 38: 17-64. Springer Publishing: New York.