Eileen McMahon McQuade, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
(805) 565-6117

Office Location

Biology Annex

Office Available

Fall 2019

Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 1:45-2:45 p.m. (sign up via Google appointments) or email for alternative time


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.