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Jenny Babon, Ph.D.

Jenny Aurielle B. Babon is a Research Associate in the Melton Lab, studying autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes (T1D). She received her Bachelor in Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She obtained her PhD in Immunology and Virology from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, doing research on the human T cell immune responses to influenza. Her postdoctoral training in the Diabetes Center of Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School under David Harlan and Sally Kent focused on the human autoantigen T cell responses in T1D. In 2017, she was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from the JDRF to study the autoreactive CD8 T cell infiltrates from the islets of human subjects with T1D.


Selected Publications:

Mark A Russell, Sambra D Redick, David M Blodgett, Sarah J Richardson, Pia Leete, Lars Krogvold, Knut Dahl-Jørgensen, Rita Bottino, Marcela Brissova, Jason M Spaeth, Jenny Aurielle B Babon, Rachana Haliyur, Alvin C Powers, Chaoxing Yang, Sally C Kent, Alan G Derr, Alper Kucukural, Manuel G Garber, Noel G Morgan, David M Harlan. 2019. HLA Class II antigen processing and presentation pathway components demonstrated by transcriptome and protein analyses of islet b-cells from donors with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes. db180686. PMID: 30833470

Sally C Kent, Stuart I Mannering, Aaron W Michels and Jenny Aurielle B Babon. 2017. Deciphering the pathogenesis of human type 1 diabetes (T1D) by interrogating T cells from the ‘scene of the crime.’ Current Diabetes Reports.17:95.

Jenny Aurielle B Babon, Megan E DeNicola, David M Blodgett, Inne Crèvecoeur, Thomas S Buttrick, René Maehr, Rita Bottino, Ali Naji, John Kaddis, Wassim Elyaman, Eddie A James, Rachana Haliyur, Marcela Brissova, Lut Overbergh, Chantal Mathieu, Thomas Delong, Kathryn Haskins, Alberto Pugliese, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Clayton Mathews, Mark A Atkinson, Alvin C Powers, David M Harlan and Sally C Kent. 2016. Analysis of self-antigen specificity of islet-infiltrating T cells from human donors with type 1 diabetes. Nature Medicine. 22(12):1482-1487. PMID: 27798614

Jenny Aurielle B Babon, John Cruz, Francis A Ennis, and Masanori Terajim 2012. A human CD4+ T cell epitope in the influenza hemagglutinin is cross-reactive to influenza A subtypes and to influenza B virus.  Journal of Virology.  86:9233. PMID: 22718815

Jenny Aurielle B Babon, John Cruz, Laura Orphin, Pamela Pazoles, Mary Dawn T Co, Francis A Ennis, and Masanori Terajima. 2009. Genome-wide screening of human T-cell epitopes in influenza A virus reveals a broad spectrum of CD4+ T-cell responses to internal proteins, hemagglutinins and neuraminid Human Immunology. 70:711. PMID: 19524006

Masanori Terajima, John Cruz, Anita M Leporati, Laura Orphin, Jenny Aurielle B Babon, Mary Dawn T Co, Pamela Pazoles, Julie Jameson, and Francis A Enn 2008. Influenza A virus matrix protein 1-specific human CD8+ T cell response induced in trivalent inactivated vaccine recipients. Journal of Virology. 82:9283. PMID: 18614638

Vanessa Vermeirssen, M Inmaculada Barrasa, César A Hidalgo, Jenny Aurielle B Babon, Reynaldo Sequerra, Lynn Doucette-Stamm, Albert-László Barabási, and Albertha JM Walhou 2007. Transcription factor modularity in a gene-centered C. elegans core neuronal network. Genome Research. 17:1061. PMID: 17513831

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