Skip to main content
VCOM Campus

Joseph W Brewer, PhD

Joseph Brewer photo
Joseph Brewer, PhD
Department Chair for Biomedical Sciences
Department/Discipline: Medical Education
Campus: Auburn
Office: 116
Fax: 334-442-4100
Email: Contact
Download CV

Research Interests

Cell Biology and Immunology Research: Current research focuses on the interactions of the immune system and adipose tissue.  Adipose tissue inflammation is a key feature of obesity and is implicated in major health problems such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.  Specifically, we are investigating potential regulatory interactions between B lymphocytes and adipocytes, with a goal of determining how such mechanisms influence adipose tissue inflammation.  In addition, a long-standing research interest is understanding how cells adapt to stressful conditions that increase demands on the secretory pathway. Such stress can be physiologic, such as during the differentiation of antibody-secreting plasma cells in an immune response, or pathophysiologic, as in cancer.

Research capabilities include mammalian cell culture and cellular, biochemical, and molecular techniques to investigate gene expression and protein function, cell differentiation and function, and cell proliferation and viability.