This year's Herrmann Lecture keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Spencer, will be giving a lecture on a basic scientist's journey of discovery by faith. Dr. Spencer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Scientific Director of the Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program at Children's Hospital Colorado. Her research career thus far has unraveled mechanisms of protective immunity in lymphatic filariasis and uncovered novel mechanisms of disease in asthma and gastrointestinal diseases.
In Worms, Wheezes, and Weird Diseases, Dr. Spencer will chronicle her professional journey of discovery by faith as she unpacks the basic sciences with a kingdom focus. In addition to some neat science, her talk will reveal a changed and deepening understanding of who are "the least of these" as she touches upon neglected and rare diseases and health inequities, and shares her perspective of basic science research as a conduit for God's redemptive work and hope for a suffering world."
All events are held in the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College and are available via live stream.
Dr. Lisa Spencer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Scientific Director for the Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program (GEDP) at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her research lab focuses on understanding how eosinophils function as sentinels in mucosal organs and contribute to the balance between health and inflammation within the context of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
Dr. Spencer completed undergraduate studies in Biology with a pre-med concentration at Gordon College (’95), earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. She began her professional academic career in 2009 when she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and established her research laboratory at BIDMC. She rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard before accepting a recruitment offer in 2018 to relocate her research lab across the country to Denver, and partner with the Eosinophilic Diseases Program at the Children’s Hospital. Lisa has authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact scientific journals, and her work has been cited nearly 5000 times. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI), is an elected member of the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum (CIA), serves on the Board of the International Eosinophil Society (IES), and has been an invited speaker across the United States and in 4 other countries. Lisa lives in Colorado with her husband (fellow Gordon alum) and two kids.