Center for Vaccines and Immunology, Department of Infectious Diseases
Assistant Professor

Chester “Chet” Joyner, PhD received his doctorate in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University where he also completed his post-doctoral training. In 2020, Dr. Joyner was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a faculty member of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. Dr. Joyner’s diverse research programs revolve around (1) understanding malaria immunology, pathogenesis, transmission, and vaccine development and (2) understanding the molecular make-up of B cells and plasma cells that are responsible for antibodies that protect you from infection. The ultimate goals of his research are to use cutting-edge technology to help development new treatments and control strategies for malaria while simultaneously improving our understanding of the immune system to improve vaccine design and develop immunotherapeutics for infectious diseases.

Research Interests

  • Malaria
  • Infectious Diseases
  • B cell and plasma cell biology
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Anemia
  • Immunotherapeutics and preclinical vaccine development
  • Systems biology/Big Data
  • Genomics

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