Jean Maguire van Seventer, VMD
|Title||Clinical Associate Professor|
|Institution||Boston University School of Public Health|
|Address||72 E. Concord St Housman (R)|
Boston MA 02118
Dr. van Seventer started her professional career as a veterinary practitioner, while taking part in research projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory. She subsequently received fellowship training in pathology and immunology at Harvard Medical School and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. van Seventer started her career as an independent investigator at the University of Chicago, and joined the Department of Environmental Health at BUSPH in 2000. Her research at BU concentrated on characterizing the molecular mechanisms by which the human innate immune response regulate subsequent adaptive immunity. Research studies primarily focused on the role of type I interferons (IFN), IFN-alpha and IFN-beta, in regulating human dendritic cell and T cell functions, with emphasis placed on translating basic research findings to autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)) and infectious diseases that result in septic shock.
In 2011, Dr. van Seventer turned her primary focus towards developing new curricula, new teaching strategies, and teaching courses in physiology and infectious diseases to students in the BUSPH, as well as to students in a joint BU Metropolitan College-College of Communication on-line masters program. A particular teaching interest is in examining the role of the environment in infectious disease endemicity, emergence, and spread.