Faculty: Rita Moyes 2017-09-01T10:44:49+00:00
Rita Moyes

Rita Moyes

Instructional Associate Professor

Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: rita@bio.tamu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Office:
3258 TAMU
Biological Sciences Building West
Room 210A
979-847-9237

Lab:
Biological Sciences Building West
Room 208-210
979-847-9239

Joined the Department in 1996

  • B.S., 1981, Texas A&M University, Microbiology.
  • Ph.D., 1992, Texas A&M University, Immunology.
  • Postdoctoral research: ARS-USDA, College Station.

Immunologist and Microbiologist

The immune system is a defense mechanism that has evolved in vertebrates to protect them from invading pathogens and cancer. The study of the immune system in the context of host – parasite interactions has been the focus of my studies. Generation of an effective immune response involves two major cell types: lymphocytes and antigen presenting cells. Lymphocytes confer the attributes of specificity, diversity, memory, self/nonself recognition to the immune system. Lymphocytes can be divided into two cell types: B cells which are responsible for antibody production and T cells which elaborate cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that regulate the intensity and duration of the immune response by exerting a variety of effects on lymphocytes and other immune cells. This complex network of cells and cell products have numerous mechanisms yet to be characterized.

I am currently involved in the production of monoclonal antibodies to various proteins of interest in the research of the Biology faculty. Using the chicken model, my recent research has focused on the identification and characterization of various cytokines which potentiate the innate immune responses of poultry that effectively prevent organ invasion by Salmonella. Previous studies have involved the use of a mouse tumor model to evaluate various cytokine treatments for tumor reduction. The goal was to reduce cytokine toxicity which is seen with large doses while effectively reducing tumor growth.

I have also studied the human T cell response to Schistosoma mansoni, an intestinal parasite, by utilizing human T cell clones.

  1. Moyes, RB. Fluorescent staining of bacteria: viability and antibody labeling. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3K. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03ks15. PubMed PMID:19885938 .
  2. Breakwell, DP, Moyes, RB, Reynolds, J. Differential staining of bacteria: capsule stain. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3I. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03is15. PubMed PMID:19885936 .
  3. Reynolds, J, Moyes, RB, Breakwell, DP. Differential staining of bacteria: acid fast stain. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3H. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03hs15. PubMed PMID:19885935 .
  4. Breakwell, DP, Moyes, RB, Reynolds, J. Differential staining of bacteria: flagella stain. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3G. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03gs15. PubMed PMID:19885934 .
  5. Moyes, RB, Reynolds, J, Breakwell, DP. Preliminary staining of bacteria: negative stain. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3F. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03fs15. PubMed PMID:19885933 .
  6. Moyes, RB, Reynolds, J, Breakwell, DP. Preliminary staining of bacteria: simple stains. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3E. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03es15. PubMed PMID:19885932 .
  7. Moyes, RB, Reynolds, J, Breakwell, DP. Differential staining of bacteria: gram stain. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2009;Appendix 3 :Appendix 3C. doi: 10.1002/9780471729259.mca03cs15. PubMed PMID:19885931 .
  8. Genovese, KJ, Moyes, RB, Genovese, LL, Lowry, VK, Kogut, MH. Resistance to Salmonella enteritidis organ invasion in day-old turkeys and chickens by transformed T-cell line-produced lymphokines. Avian Dis. ;42 (3):545-53. . PubMed PMID:9777155 .
  9. Kogut, MH, Lowry, VK, Moyes, RB, Bowden, LL, Bowden, R, Genovese, K et al.. Lymphokine-augmented activation of avian heterophils. Poult. Sci. 1998;77 (7):964-71. . PubMed PMID:9657605 .
  10. Moyes, RB, Kogut, MH, Droleskey, RE, DeLoach, JR. Differential expression of adhesion molecules by chicken heterophils activated in vivo with Salmonella enteritidis-immune lymphokines. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 1998;62 (1):83-95. . PubMed PMID:9618871 .
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