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Jeffrey Yoder


Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Yoder graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA) with a B.S. in Biotechnology in 1990. He received the Sigma Xi Outstanding Senior Research Award for his undergraduate thesis entitled “Cross-linking ram sperm antigen ESA152 induces the acrosome reaction”.

Dr. Yoder’s doctoral research was focused on mammalian DNA methylation and DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes. He completed his graduate work with Dr. Tim Bestor and, in 1998, received his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard Medical School’s graduate program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Boston, MA).

Dr. Yoder’s post-doctoral training was with Dr. Gary Litman in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg, FL). It was as a postdoctoral fellow that Dr. Yoder began his career as a comparative immunologist. He was the first to clone and characterize a family of putative natural killer cell receptors from zebrafish (novel immune-type receptors, NITRs).

From 2002 until 2004, Dr. Yoder was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL).

In 2004 Dr. Yoder joined the faculty at NC State University (Raleigh, NC). He continues his research on comparative immunology using zebrafish as a primary animal model for immunity and infection. Detailed descriptions of his research can be found at his lab’s web site (



American Association of Immunologists (, member
International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology (, member
International Society of Fish and Shellfish Immunology (, member
International Zebrafish Society (, member
Zebrafish Disease Models Society (, member


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