Gail A. Bishop, Ph.D.
Gail A. Bishop received the Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology
from the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI, in 1983.
Her doctoral thesis was in the area of the immune response to Herpes Simplex
virus, under the mentorship of Drs. Joseph Glorioso
and Stanley Schwartz. This was followed by postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC, in the laboratories of Drs. Geoffrey
Haughton and Jeffrey Frelinger, focusing upon
understanding the molecular mechanisms of B lymphocyte activation and the
structure-function relationship of B cell signal receptors. She was appointed
Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Iowa
in 1989, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to
Professor in 1998. She was appointed as
endowed College of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Microbiology in 2001, and Holden Chair of Cancer Biology in 2004. From 1998-2013, she served as the Director of
the Ph.D.-granting Immunology Graduate Program.
In 2004, she was appointed Associate Director for Basic Science Research
of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer
Center. Dr. Bishop served as both an Associate and
Section Editor of The Journal of Immunology. She served on the Cell Biology and
Signal Transduction grant review panel of the National Science Foundation, the
Microbiology & Immunology review panel of the American Heart Association, and
the NIH Experimental Immunology study section.
In 2003 she received the University of Iowa Graduate Mentoring Award,
and in 2009 was awarded the Iowa Technology Association’s “Woman of Innovation”
award for academic research innovation and leadership. She recently completed a 2-year term of
service as Chair of the NIH Tumors, Tolerance and Transplantation study
section. Dr. Bishop is currently the
Past President of the American Association of Immunologists, and is the
Director of the University of Iowa Center for
Immunology & Immune-Based Diseases.