Cody Kempen



M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany college of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Pawan Kumar


Research Interests

Cody earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His Master's thesis research, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy LaRocca, concerned the mechanism by which the protein toxin ricin synergizes with the cytokines TNF, TRAIL and RasL to induce cell death in lung epithelial cells.. 

Awards Outstanding Poster Award. 2021 Department of Microbiology and Immunology Retreat.


Guadino, S.J., Huang, H., Jean-Pierre, M., Joshi, P., Beaupre, M., Kempen, C., Wong, H.T., and Kumar, P. (2021). Cutting Edge: Intestinal IL-17A Receptor signaling specifically regulates high-fat diet-mediated, microbiota-driven metabolic disorders. Journal of Immunology, doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2000986.

Gaudino, S.J., Beaupre, M., Lin, X., Joshi, P., Rathi, S., McLaughlin, P.A., Kempen, C., Mehta, N., Eskiocak, O., Yueh, B., Blumberg, R.S., van der Velden, A.W.M., Shroyer, K.R., Bialkowska, A.B., Beyaz, S., and Kumar, P. (2020). IL-22 receptor signaling in Paneth cells is critical for their maturation, microbiota colonization, Th17-related immune responses, and anti-Salmonella immunity. Mucosal Immunity, doi: 10.1038/s41385-020-00348-5.

Hodges, A.L., Kempen, C.G., McCaig, W.D., Parker, C.A., Mantis, N.J., and Larocca, T.J. (2019). TNF family cytokines induce distinct cell death modalities in the A549 human lung epithelial cell line when administered in combination with ricin toxin. Toxins 11: 450-465.