B Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

B Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 850
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

Patient Care Bio

Dr. B. Paige Lawrence is a Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she holds appointments in the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology. She earned a B.A. from Skidmore College (1986), where she concentrated in biology and chemistry, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology at Cornell University (1993). She received specialized training in immunology and toxicology during a post-doctoral fellowship at Oregon State University. Her research addresses problems of human health and how our environment influences our health. Much of her work focuses on the impact of pollutants on our ability to fight infections, such as influenza viruses. Other work centers on understanding how signals from the environment affect proper development in early life, and how these developmental changes adversely impact health later in life. She is a member of the Society of Toxicology, American Association of Immunologists, and American Association for the Advancement of Scientists, and currently serves on the Editorial Boards for Toxicological Sciences, Toxicology, The American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, and The American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. She provides peer review service to the National Institutes of Health and to other research organizations and agencies.

Dr. Lawrence's expertise is in the disciplines of immunology and toxicology. Studying whether chemicals (e.g., pollutants, pharmaceuticals) affect the way the immune system works is the primary area of her expertise. The immune system is the part of our body that helps us fight infections and detect and destroy tumor cells before cancer gets a chance to take hold. There is growing evidence that many chemicals that are found in the environment adversely impact the development and function of the immune system. In contrast to pollutants, which we generally perceive as 'bad' chemicals, some pharmaceuticals are used to deliberately modulate the immune system in order to treat a disease. Studying how these drugs carry out their function gives us a lot of insight into how chemicals (good ones and bad ones) affect the development and function of the immune system.

She has had a long-standing interest in public outreach and science education. She has served on the Society of Toxicology's Education Committee, sponsored high school biology teachers through the John H. Wallace High School Teachers Summer Research Program of the American Association of Immunologists, and participated in other science education projects. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking, camping and losing herself a really good book.

Awards & Honors (National)

Service Recognition Award for Excellence in Mentoring | Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Society of Tox 2007
Outstanding Young Investigator Award | Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology 2006
Independent Scientist Award (K02) | NIH 2004
National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship | NIEHS, NIH 1995
Phi Beta Kappa, Skidmore College Chapter 1986

Awards & Honors (Local)

Faculty Mentoring Award | University of Rochester 2012
Advisor Excellence Award | Graduate & Professional Student Association | Washington State University 2003
Periclean Honor Society | Honorary Society for academic excellence | Skidmore College 1986
Charlotte W. Fahey Prize for academic achievement in the field of Chemistry 1986

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology (SMD)


PhD | Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology | Cornell University1993
BA | Biology, Chemistry | Skidmore College1986

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Toxicology Program and Dept. Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University 1997