Professional and Academic Experience

Specialized Training

2001 - 2005     Research Associate, Robarts Research Institute, London ON

                         Supervisor:  Dr. Bhagirath Singh


University Degrees

1995 - 1999     PhD (Immunology), University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

                        Thesis Title: Dendritic Cells in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Tonsils

                        Supervisors: Dr. Derek Hart and Dr. John O’Donnell

1985 – 1986    Honors BSc (Biology), University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada

1981 – 1985    BSc (Biology), University of Western Ontario, London ON Canada


2017 – present   Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University, London ON

2010 – present   Undergraduate Chair and Educator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University

2005 – present   Director/Associate Scientist, Screening Lab for Immune Disorders (SLID), Lawson Health Research Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London ON

2012 – 2018       FOCIS Centers of Excellence Associate Director, The Centre for Human Immunology, Western University

2005 – 2017       Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University, London ON

Administrative Support

Shannon Seney,

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Neurological disorders
Cardiovascular and vascular health

Research Overview

Research Services 

The Screening Lab for Immune Disorders is able to provide Core services to clinicians and academics abroad. Currently, we are the only lab in Ontario to provide multiplex services using the Bio-Rad BioPlex 200 machine. Services include screening tests to evaluate cellular responses in various clinical settings, including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders/conditions, and drug reactions.  Further, Dr. Summers is available to do immunology consultation for investigators in medical and scientific professions. Finally, we do Research & Development with the goal of developing novel ELISA and multiplex assays as potentially new diagnostic tests and therapies for clinical disorders. 

We have several collaborative research projects with local Clinicians, Scientists, and private companies and gladly welcome new collaborations! 

Please contact Dr. Summers if you wish to make use of any of these services.


Luminex, Multiplexing technology, Bio-Plex, Screening Lab, SLID