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Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Microbiology  Microbiology Assistant Professor
Center  Center for AIDS Research  Center for AIDS Research Assistant Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Rodney G. King (b. 1976), Assistant Professor of Microbiology, received his B.S. degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007. After completing his graduate training, Dr. King joined the Laboratory of Louis Justement as a Postdoctoral trainee. In 2011 he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Microbiology Department. During his tenure at UAB, Dr. King has solidified his interest in humoral immunity particularly the mechanisms underlying the effector function of B lymphocytes and the generation and maintenance of humoral memory.

Research/Clinical Interest
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Development and maintenance of humoral immunity
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Dr King has a long standing interest in B cell biology, specifically the factors that influence the production of their principle effector molecules, antibodies, and the role of these molecules in health and disease. More recently, he has focused on the analysis of glycan-specific B cell repertoire formation and the development of methodologies to facilitate the expression of recombinant antibody derived from the antigen receptor genes of single-sorted B cells. His current focus is on visualizing effects of environmental influences and commensal organisms on natural repertoire development in mice and humans and utilizing the constituents of these highly conserved glycan-specific repertoires to develop diagnostic and therapeutic reagents.