Faculty Bio

William J. von Liebig Chair in Biomedical Sciences

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Dr. Michael D.P. Boyle came to Juniata in 2002 from the Medical College of Ohio, where he was professor of microbiology and immunology. As von Liebig chair, Dr. Boyle teaches in his area of expertise and supervises undergraduate research projects and performs basic research studies in microbiology, immunology and proteomics.

Dr. Boyle, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, started his career as a visiting fellow, expert and visiting scientist at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute from 1974 to 1980. His research focused on using specific antibodies and complement to kill tumor cells. This information helped provide the basis for identify and purging cancer cells from bone marrow to be used in autologous bone marrow transplantation.

Currently his research focuses on two areas: using immunotechnology to adapt antibodies as the basis for diagnostics and other tests; and the study of pathogen interactions between Group A streptococcus and the human immune system.

Dr. Boyle continued his academic career in 1981 as an associate professor of immunology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. He was promoted to full professor in 1985. He served as an adjunct professor at the Florida medical college from 1988 to 1990.

Dr. Boyle joined the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) in 1988 to direct their immunology program. From 1999 2001 he directed a feasibility study for a Northwest Ohio Life Sciences Incubator on the MCO campus and also served as director of the college's pathogenesis and immunology program within the newly created MCO cancer center.

His education began in Europe, earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, in Glasgow, Scotland in 1971. He earned a doctorate from the Chester Beatty Research Institute, Belmont, Sutton in Surrey, England. He has served on a variety of academic committees at both MCO and the University of Florida.

Dr Boyle has been continuously grant funded from extramural sources for over 25 years and currently is supported by a number of awards from the National Institutes of Health. He is author or co-author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications in his field and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals. Dr Boyle is currently President of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

His spouse is Carla Boyle and they have two children and four grandchildren.