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Timothy L. Denning, PhD

Timothy L. Denning, PhDProfessor and Associate Director
Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University

Education & Training

  • Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station
  • PhD degree in Microbiology and Immunology at UTMB in 2002
  • Postdoctoral training at the La Jolla Institute and the Emory Vaccine Center


  • Role of intestinal immune cells in the regulation of experimental models of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Over 60 peer-reviewed publications that have collectively been cited over 5,500 times
  • Continuous grant support for his research from the NIH and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
  • Recipient of numerous honors, awards, and lectureships both nationally and internationally


  • Grant reviewer for numerous agencies including NIH
  • Served on the editorial board for The Journal of Immunology, Gastroenterology, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals
  • Director of Graduate Studies for the Institute for Biomedical Sciences
  • Leading a new PhD program in Translational Biomedical Sciences and a new Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biomedical Enterprise at Georgia State

Advice for Students & Graduates

  • "Remember that whatever step you take, it is not about the money or the title, it is about the experience. A rich experience will provide value for a lifetime."
  • "Whether it is salary or space or other tangible things as you migrate through your career, figure out what you absolutely need to be successful and fight for it. Don’t get distracted by what you think you want or what you think you deserve."
  • "Always surround yourself with mentors. Ferret them out, keep them close, and soak up their wisdom like a sponge. Inevitably what they will teach you, actually what they will remind you of is how to deal with unique and unimaginable challenges in creative, productive ways."