Professional and Academic Experience
2001 - 2005 Research Associate, Robarts Research Institute, London ON
Supervisor: Dr. Bhagirath Singh
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
Research Interest Area
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.