Mary Premenko-Lanier

Mary Premenko-Lanier

Associate Professor PhD

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Master of Physician Assistant

PA603 Microbiology and Infectious Disease
PM717 Immunology
PM714 Medical Microbiology
PM703 Medical Genetics

About Me

I am an expert in immunology including inflammation, innate and acquired immunity (antibody, T cell activation and subtype during different infections and or diseases), I am an expert in infectious diseases both acute and chronic infections. I am also very knowledgeable in biochemistry (metabolism, diabetes, complex disorders). I am also an expert on vaccinations and actually began my career developing newborn vaccines.

I approach teaching complex topics through engagement of students to participate. I focus on helping students learn material through hands on exercises that reinforce course content. I find teaching very gratifying and that it complements my research in that I too am always learning.


I recieved my biology BS from California State University Sacramento and a PhD. from University of California Davis in comparative pathology. My postdoctoral fellowship was with Dr. John Altman and Dr. Rafi Ahmed at the Emory Vaccine Research Center with an emphasis on chronic viral infection and its effect on immune cell function.

Scholarly Interests

Developing vaccines and treatments for chronic infections.
Developing platforms to deliver therapeutic agents to targeted tissues.


1. Mary Premenko-Lanier, Gary Rhodes, William Bellini, Paul Rota, Michael B. McChesney DNA Vaccination of Infants in the Presence of Maternal Antibody: A Measles Model in the Primate. 2003.  Virology. Mar 1; 307(1): 67-75.

2. Mary Premenko-Lanier, Paul Rota, Gary Rhodes, William Bellini, Michael McChesney. Prior DNA vaccination does not interfere with the live, attenuated measles vaccine.  2004.  Vaccine. Jan 26; 22(5-6): 762-5.

3. Mary Premenko-Lanier, Paul Rota, Gary Rhodes, William Bellini, and Michael McChesney. A measles DNA vaccine protects infant macaques when administered in the presence of neutralizing antibodies.  2004.  J Infect Dis. Jun 1; 189(11): 2064-2071.

4. Mary Premenko-Lanier, Hodge G, Rota P, Tamin A, Bellini W, McChesney. Maternal antibody inhibits both cellular and humoral immunity in response to measles vaccination at birth.  2006. Virology, Jul 5; 350(2): 429-32.

5. Andrew Stamm, Laura Valentine, Rashaun Willett and Mary Premenko-Lanier.  An intermediate dose of LCMV cl-13 caused prolonged morbidity that is maintained by CD4+ T cell+ T cells.  2011. Virology. 2012 Apr 10; 425(2): 122-32. Epub 2012 Feb 4.

6. Gurfein BT, Stamm AW, Bacchetti P, Dallman MF, Nadkarni NA, Milush JM, Touma C, Palme R, Di Borgo CP, Fromentin G, Lown-Hecht R, Konsman JP, Acree M, Premenko-Lanier M, Darcel N, Hecht FM, Nixon DF. The calm mouse: an animal model of stress reduction. Mol. Medicine. 2012 May 9; 18(1): 606-17. doi: 10.2119/molmed.2012.00053

7. Mara J. Broadhurst, Jacqueline M. Leung, K.C. Lim, Natasha M. Girgis, Padraic G. Fallon, Mary Premenko-Lanier, James H. McKerrow, JosephM. McCune, P’ng Loke. Upregulation of retinal dehydrogenase 2 in alternatively activated macrophages during retinoid-dependent type-2 immunity to helminth infection in mice. Plos Pathogens. 2012 Aug;8(8):e1002883. Epub 2012 Aug 23.

8. Laura Valentine, Rashaun Willett and Mary Premenko-Lanier. CD8+ T cell derived IFNγ prevents infection by a second heterologous virus. 2012. J. Immunology. 2012 Dec 15;189(12):5841-8.

9. Pablo Ramognoli, Mary Premenko-Lanier and John D. Altman.  CD8 T cell memory recall is enhanced by novel direct interactions with CD4 T cells enabled by MHC class II transferred from APCs. PLoS One. 2013;8(2)

10. Gurfein BT, Davidenko O, Premenko-Lanier M, Milush JM, Acree M, Dallman MF, Touma C, Palme R, York VA, Fromentin G, Darcel N, Nixon DF, Hecht FM. Environmental enrichment alters splenic immune cell composition and enhances secondary influenza vaccine responses in mice. Mol Med. 2014 Mar 27. doi: 10.2119/molmed.2013.00158

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Socienty of Microbiology ASM
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Association of Immunologists (AAI)