Samantha Oliphant, Ph.D.

assistant professor of biology

Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Kentucky
B.S. Biology, Eastern Kentucky University

: NSE Building, Office 119
Phone: (702) 992-2649

Dr. Samantha Oliphant first discovered her passion for biomedical research in an undergraduate independent study course at Eastern Kentucky University using Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics techniques and thereafter she was hooked.  After graduating with a BS in Biology, Dr. Oliphant was offered a position at her alma mater as a research lab manager funded by INBRE.  While working with 20+ undergraduate students on independent research projects, attending scientific meetings and taking Medicinal Chemistry for fun, she finally had an epiphany, “being a college professor would be the best job ever!”  She loved the feel of campus, hanging out with students, and being an eternal learner. This led her to apply to an Integrated Biomedical Science program at the University of Kentucky to pursue an emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology.  Dr. Oliphant joined an amazing research lab studying the neonatal immune response to influenza A virus and a passion for infectious disease emerged. Dr. Oliphant joined NSC in 2015 and now uses her experience to study how phagocytes alter their differentiation state in an immune response and how pathogen escape detection by modulating immune cell function.  Her research laboratory employs a host of techniques including mammalian cell culture, imaging flow cytometry, Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assays, intracellular and surface antibody staining, and functional assays. 

  • BIOL 205 Cell Processes
  • BIOL 251 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 453 Immunology
  • BIOL 457 Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Selected Publications
  • Oliphant, Samantha, Lines, J. Louise., Hollified, Melissa and B. A. Garvy.  Title: Regulatory T cells are Critical for Clearing Influenza A virus in Neonatal Mice. Accepted August 2015: Viral Immunology with manuscript ID: VIM-2015-0039.R1.
  • J. Breslow-Deckman, C. M. M., S. Birket, S. Hoskins, T. N. Ho, B. A. Garvy, and D. J. Feola. 2013. Linezolid Decreases Susceptibility to Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia Post-Influenza Infection in Mice Through its Effects on Interferon-gamma. J Immunol. 191(4); 1792-9.
  • Lines, J.L., Hoskins, S. N., and B. A. Garvy. 2010. The Migration of T cells in Response to Influenza Virus is Altered in Neonatal Mice.  J Immunol 185: 2980-2988.
  • Asher, W. B., Hoskins, S. N., Slasor, L. A., Morris, D. H., Cook, E. M., D. L. Bautista.  2007. Two Model System of the α1A-Adrenoceptor Docked with Selected Ligands.  J. Chem. Inf. Modeling.; 47(5); 1906-1912.