Elizabeth H. Schwartz
Assistant Professor

Office: 304 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-1631
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Elizabeth H. Schwartz

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Ph.D. - Emory University 1996
B.S. - Auburn University 1989

Research and Teaching Interests

Host/microbe interaction; Antigen presenting cell biology, development, and function; Dynamics of dendritic cell gene expression during maturation; Bacterial biofilm impact on food borne infection; Immunology, Microbiology.

Selected Publications

NOTE: Dr. Schwartz continues to publish using her maiden name, Elizabeth M. Hiltbold. View Dr. Schwartz's Google Scholar page for more publications.

  1. Westcott MM, Ahmed M, Smedberg JR, Rajani KR, Hiltbold EM, Lyles DS. Preservation of Dendritic Cell Function during Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Infection Reflects both Intrinsic and Acquired Mechanisms of Resistance to Suppression of Host Gene Expression by Viral M Protein.  J Virol. 2013 Nov; 87(21):11730-40.
  2. Protection to respiratory challenge of Brucella abortus strain 2308 in the lung. Surendran N, Sriranganathan N, Boyle SM, Hiltbold EM, Tenpenny N, Walker M, Zimmerman K, Werre S, Witonsky SG. Vaccine. 2013 Aug 28;31(38):4103-10 
  3. Brzoza-Lewis, Kristina L, Hoth, JJ, Hiltbold, EM. 2012. Type I interferon signaling regulates the composition of inflammatory infiltrates upon infection with Listeria monocytogenes.  Cell Immunol. 273(1):41-51.  
  4. Mitchell, LM, Henry, CJ, Grayson, JM, Westcott, MM, Hiltbold, EM. 2011. Distinct responses of splenic dendritic cell subsets to infection with Listeria monocytogenes: maturation phenotype, level of infection and T cell priming capacity ex vivo. Cell Immunol. 268(2):79-86.
  5. Surendran, N, Sriranganathan N, Boyle SM, Hiltbold, EM, Zimmerman K, Witonsky SG. 2012. Role of TLRs in Brucella-mediated murine DC activation in vitro and clearance of infection in vivo. In press, Vaccine
  6. Hoth, JJ, Wells, JD, Hiltbold, EM, McCall CE, Yoza BK. 2011. Mechanism of neutrophil recruitment to the lung after pulmonary contusion. Shock 35(6):604-609.
  7. Olex, AL, Hiltbold, EM, Leng I, Fetrow, JS. 2010. Dynamics of Dendritic Cell Maturation are Identified through a Novel Filtering Method of Biological Replicate Time-course Microarray Data. BMC Immunology 11:41.
  8. Westcott, MM, Henry CJ, Amis JE, Hiltbold, EM. 2010. Dendritic cells inhibit the progression of Listeria monocytogenes intracellular infection by retaining bacteria in MHC II-rich phagosomes and by limiting cytosolic growth. Infect Immun. 78(7):2956-65. 
  9. Henry CJ, Grayson JM, Brzoza-Lewis KL, Mitchell LM, Westcott, MM, Cook, AS, and Hiltbold, EM. 2010. The Roles of IL-12 and IL-23 in CD8+ T cell-Mediated Immunity Against Listeria monocytogenes: Insights From a DC Vaccination Model. Cell Immunol. 264(1):23-31.
  10. Ahmed, M, Mitchell, LM, Puckett, S, Brzoza, KL, Lyles, DS, Hiltbold, EM. 2009. M protein mutant vesicular stomatitis virus stimulates maturation of TLR7-positive dendritic cells through TLR-dependent and -independent mechanisms. J Virol. 83(7):2962-2975.
  11. Hoth, JJ, Wells, JD, Brownlee, NA, Hiltbold, EM, Meredith, JW, McCall, CE, Yoza, BK. 2008. Toll-like receptor 4 dependent responses to lung injury in a murine model of pulmonary contusion  Shock. Jul 24.
  12. Henry, CJ, Ornelles, DA, Brzoza, KL, Mitchell, LM, Hiltbold, EM. 2008. IL-12 Produced by Dendritic Cells Augments CD8+ T cell Activation through the Production of the Chemokines CCL1 and CCL17  J Immunol. 181(12):8576-8584.
  13. Zhu, X, Lee, JY, Timmins, J, Brown, JM, Boudyguina, E, Mulya, A, Gebre, AK, Willingham, M, Hiltbold, EM, Mishra, N, Maeda, N, Parks, JS. 2008. Increased cellular free cholesterol in macrophage-specific Abca1 knock-out mice enhances pro-inflammatory response of macrophages. J. Biol Chem. 283(34):22930-41
  14. Westcott, MM and Hiltbold, EM. 2007. Differential susceptibility of bone marrow derived dendritic cells and macrophages to productive infection with Listeria monocytogenes.  Cellular Microbiology 9(6):1397-1411. 
  15. Ahmed, M, Brzoza, KL, Hiltbold, EM. 2006. Matrix protein mutant of vesicular stomatitis virus stimulates maturation of myeloid dendritic cells. J Virol. 80(5):2194-2205.
  16. Brzoza, KL, Rockel, A, Hiltbold, EM. 2004. Cytoplasmic Invasion of Listeria monocytogenes enhances dendritic cell function and T cell differentiation and function.  J. Immunol. 173:2641-2651.
  17. Hiltbold, EM, Poloso, NJ, Roche, PA. 2003. MHC class II-peptide complexes and APC lipid rafts accumulate at the immunological synapse.  J. Immunol. 170(3):1329-1338.
  18. Anderson HA, Hiltbold EM, Roche PA. 2000. Concentration of MHC class II molecules in lipid rafts facilitates antigen presentation.  Nature Immunol. 1(2):156-162.


Undergraduate Graduate
Perspectives in Immunology - BIOL3500
Host/Microbe Interactions - BIOL6270

Last updated: 06/19/2015