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Ankley, Laurisa

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
5100 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5329




Laurisa Ankley is a PhD student in the Olive Lab. She is currently working to identify regulatory genes of MHCII antigen presentation with the goal of modulating CD4+ T cell activation for improved pathogen clearance. She is specifically interested in the clearance of persistent pathogens that lead to chronic infections such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Chlamydia trachomatis. Laurisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University, where she explored the antimicrobial mechanisms of Manuka honey. In her free time, she enjoys taking road trips in her campervan conversion.

Graduate Presentations:

Ankley, L., Kiritsy, M., Huizinga, G., Trombley, J., Olive, A. “Uncovering novel regulators of MHCII using chemical and genetic approaches.” Selected Oral Presentation, 2020 (March 6), Mucosal Immunology Local Chapter Conference, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ankley, L., Kiritsy, M., Huizinga, G., Trombley, J., Olive, A. “Global Identification of Genes Required to Induce MHCII Expression in Macrophages.” Poster Presentation, 2019 (September 20-22), Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio


Ankley, L. M.*, Thomas, S. M*, Olive, A. J. (2020) Fighting persistence; how chronic infections with Mycobacterium tuberculosis evade T cell- mediated clearance and new strategies to defeat them. Infection and Immunity.

*Authors contributed equally