College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology
Nina M. Poole Contact Information

Nina Poole

Graduate Program: Ph.D.

Major Professor: Dr. Lewis Coons

Research Interest

Ticks are obligate hematophagous ectoparasites that have medical and veterinary importance.  Hard ticks, such as Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), attach to a host and feed for up to 14 days. To complete feeding, ticks must subvert the host’s immune, hemostatic, inflammatory and wound healing responses using the numerous bioactive compounds in their saliva.  Our lab is interested in dissecting tick saliva to determine the type of molecules present and how ticks use these molecules to regulate the activities of immune and reparative cells at the feeding lesion to feed until repletion.  Our work in conjunction with others involving tick saliva research will provide more information that is useful in combating tick-borne agents which are an important source of emerging and reemerging diseases.


Office Number: 901-678-2034

Office Location: IMC

Spring 2013 Office Hours

Monday - 10:30am-11:30am

Thursday - 2:00pm-3:00pm

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