Eileen McMahon McQuade, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
(805) 565-6117

Office Location

Provost's Office, Kerrwood Hall

Office Available

Fall 2020

Dr. McMahon McQuade is currently stepping out of her role in the Biology Department in order to serve the college in the office of the Provost.


Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Autoimmunity

Research Interests
  • Immune-mediated pathways of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis

Dr. Eileen McMahon McQuade has studied the immune system since her undergraduate work at Eckerd College in Florida. She earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on neuroimmunology. During post-doctoral training at Northwestern University in Chicago, she also studied immunoregulation of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, describing for the first time an immune process, epitope spreading. At Westmont, she expanded her work to  immune-mediated pathways of rheumatoid arthritis and discovered a novel strain of mice that develops arthritis spontaneously. She explores its similarities to human rheumatoid arthritis and is identifying the gene mutations responsible for inducing the phenotype.