Beth Jirón Tamburini, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with a joint appointment in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. Dr. Tamburini received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO in 2000. She continued her education to receive her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, CO in 2006. After graduating with her Ph.D. in 2006, Dr. Tamburini pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health.
As post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Tamburini received several awards and honors including 3 travel awards and 5 invited talks. Dr. Tamburini was appointed to her first faculty position as Instructor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2012. In 2012, Dr. Tamburini was awarded a patent for her discovery of the role of IL-6 in yeast-based immunotherapy products and responses in collaboration with Dr. Donald Bellgrau. In 2015, Dr. Tamburini was promoted to Research Assistant Professor and awarded her first R01 titled “Cooperation between lymphatic stroma and hematopoietic cells shapes protective immunity” following the publication of a highly cited manuscript published in Nature Communications identifying lymphatic endothelial cells as a major source of persistent antigens that enhance protective immunity.
“Beth is the ideal choice for this award,” said Dr. Sean Colgan, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “Her innovative work in understanding the role of lymphatics in a number of disease settings has placed her at the forefront of field at a young age. This award will allow her the latitude to pursue some high risk-high yield endeavors. We are most grateful to the Department of Medicine and the RNA Biosciences Initiative for their generous support and recognition of Beth as a 2018 Early Career and RBI Clinical Scholar.”