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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Allison Land

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/biology/people/land/

 


Dr. Allison Land

Assistant Professor, 2015-current
Department of Biological Sciences
Office: Trafton S-279
Ph. (507) 389-1349
allison.land@mnsu.edu

 

Training:
Post-doc with Dr. Reuben Harris at the University of Minnesota, 2009-2015 
Ph.D. with Drs. Blake Ball and Frank Plummer at the  University of Manitoba, Canada, awarded 2009


 

My research program uses molecular biology to study innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection including autoimmune diseases and cancer. I am especially interested in APOBEC3A, a human innate immune protein that deaminates DNA cytosines to DNA uracils. This can have positive consequences if the DNA substrate is a viral pathogen, such as HIV. This could have negative consequences, however, if the DNA substrate were our own, genomic DNA. How is this controlled? That is what I want to know!

I teach Immunology (BIOL 474/574) and Virology (BIOL 473/573) in the fall, and Moleculuar Biology (BIOL 479/579) in the spring. The students in these classes perform similar experiments to the ones in my research lab, contributing to an authentic research experience.

 Land Lab at Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Pictured (Left to Right): Natalie Gooder, Shannon Helmer, Katie Gieseke, Allison Land, Ryan Leba, Jacob Rachuy 
Missing: Oumar Sanogo, Reed Woyda 
 
News

April 11, 2017. The Land Lab was well represented at the annual MSU Undergradate Research Symposium (URS), with five posters, three of which won awards! Congrats Katie Gieseke, Shannon Helmer, and Reed Woyda!

Mar. 16, 2017. Congrats to Land Lab students Shannon Helmer and Ryan Leba, who were both awarded Foundation grants for their research projects!

Nov. 7, 2016. Congrats to Land Lab students Reed Woyda, who was awarded a Foundation grant and Alyssa Lange, who was awarded a Undergraduate Research Center Grant!

Oct. 22, 2016. Dr. Land gave a talk entitled, "Investigating Lentiviral Accessory Proteins as a Strategy for Counteracting the Oncomutagenic APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B Proteins" at the ASM North Central Branch conference in Ames, Iowa.

Oct. 7, 2016. Dr. Land gave a talk entitled, "Can HIV Cure Cancer?" to the Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

June 15, 2016. Congrats to Jessica Hadler on her acceptance into the brand new B.S. of Dental Hygiene/M.S. of Dental Therapy program at the University of Minnesota! Good luck, we'll miss you!

May 12-15, 2016. Dr. Land presented a poster entitled, "Lentiviral Counteraction of Oncogenic APOBEC3 Proteins" at the Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR) in Winnipeg, Canada.

April 18, 2016. Current Land Lab undergraduate students Jessica Hadler (URC grant recipient) and Jacob Rachuy (Minnesota State Foundation Grant Recipient) will be presenting their research at the MSU Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium. The abstracts of participating students can be found [PDF] here (5 MiB).

Feb. 5, 2016. I did a follow-up interview with Ahren Backman about our risk for Zika here in Minnesota for the Mankato Hub. soundcloud.com/ahren-backman/mankato-hub-episode-13

Jan. 29, 2016. You can hear me talk at about Zika virus with Ahren Backman for Southern Minnesota News. southernminnesotanews.com/doctor-of-biology-explains-why-mosquitos-carrying-zika-virus-will-not-be-headed-to-minnesota/

 

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The following links provide more information about my:
Teaching         Research          Publications


 

    Dr. Allison Land
    Department of Biological Sciences
    TS-279 Trafton Science Center South
    Mankato, MN  56001
    phone: 507-389-1349
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