Cindy Knall, Ph.D.

Cindy Knall
Associate Professor
WWAMI School of Medical Education
CPSB 201-R
(907) 786-1376


  • 1994 Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Colorado HSC
  • 1985 B.A. Zoology, minors American Literature and Biological Anthropology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MD A620/MEDSCI 520 Invaders & Defenders
  • BIOL A452 Human Genome (GER Capstone)
  • Foundations Phase Committee, UW-SOM

Professional & Department Service

  • 2018-present   Member, University of Alaska Total Compensation Project Advisory Committee
  • 2015-present   Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
  • 2013-present   COH Representative, elected, Graduate Academic Board
  • 2011-present   Member, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies' Research Council
  • 2007-present  Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)


  • Sticka, K.D., Schnurr, T.M., Jerome, S.P., Dajles, A., Reynolds, A.J., Duffy, L.K. Knall, C.M., & Dunlap, K.L. 2018. Exercise Increases Glucose Transporter-4 Levels on Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 50:938-944.
  • Simons, B.C., Spradling, P.R., Bruden, D.J.T., Zanis, C., Case, S., Choromanski, T.L., Apodaca, M. Brogdon, H.D., Dwyer, G., Snowball, M., Negus, S., Bruce, M.G., Morishima, C., Knall, C.M., McMahon, B.J. 2016. A Longitudinal Hepatitis B Vaccine Cohort Demonstrates Long-lasting Hepatitis B Cellular Immunity Despite Loss of Antibody Against Hepatitis B Surface Antigen.  J. Infect. Dis. 214:273-280.
  • Simons, B., Apodaca, M., Choromanski, T., Pratt, D. Morishima, C., Knall, C. & McMahon, B. 2013. Exploring the Role of Immune-mediated Destruction During Chronic Hepatitis B Infection. Int. J. Circumpolar Health 72:751-752.
  • Dwyer, G. & Knall, C. 2013. The Effect of Iqmik Derived Metals on ROS Production and Cytokine Response in Human Gingival Epithelial Cells. Int. J Circumpolar Health 72:248-249.
  • Soiseth, S. & Knall, C. 2012. Effect of cigarette smoke on colocalization of guanine exchange factor H1 and rho in respiratory epithelium. J. Invest. Med., 60:215-216.
  • Olivera, D., Knall, C., Boggs, S.E. & Seagrave, J. 2010. Cytoskeletal Modulation and Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Tight Junction Proteins Are Associated with Mainstream Cigarette Smoke Induced Permeability of Airway Epithelium. Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology 62:133–143.
  • Olivera, D.S., Boggs, S.E., Beenhouwer, C., Aden, J. & Knall, C. 2007. Cellular Mechanisms of Mainstream Cigarette Smoke-Induced Lung Epithelial Tight Junction Permeability Changes In Vitro. Inhal. Toxicol. 19:13–22.
  • Ambruso, D.R., Knall, C., Abell, A.N., Panepinto, J., Kurkchubasche, A., Thurman, G., Gonzalez-Aller, C., de Boer, M., Harbeck, R.J., Oyer, R., Johnson, G.L. & Roos, D. 2000. Human neutrophil immunodeficiency syndrome associated with an inhibitory Rac2 mutation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 97:4654-4659.
  • McLeish, K.R., Knall, C., Ward, R.A., Gerwins, P., Coxon, P.Y., Klein, J.B. & Johnson, G.L. 1998. Activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades during priming of human neutrophils by Tumor Necrosis Factor-α and GM-CSF. J. Leuk. Biol. 64:537-545.
  • Jarpe, M.B., Knall, C., Mitchell, F., Buhl, A.M. & Johnson, G.L. 1998. [D-Arg1, D-Phe5, D-Trp7,9, Leu11] Substance P acts as a biased agonist towards neuropeptide and chemokine receptors. J. Biol. Chem. 273:3097-3104.
  • Knall, C., Worthen, G.S. & Johnson, G.L. 1997. Interleukin 8 stimulated phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase activity regulates the migration of human neutrophils independent of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 94:3052-3057.
  • Nick, J.A., Avdi, N.J., Young, S.K., Knall, C., Gerwins, P., Johnson, G.L. & Worthen, G.S. 1997. Common and distinct intracellular signaling pathways in human neutrophils utilized by platelet activating factor and FMLP. J. Clin. Invest. 99:975-986.
  • Knall, C., Young, S., Nick, J., Buhl, A.M., Worthen, G.S. & Johnson, G.L. 1996. IL-8 regulation of the Ras/Raf/MAP kinase pathway in human neutrophils. J. Biol. Chem. 271:2832-2838.
  • Knall, C., Ingold, A.L. & Potter, T.A. 1994. Analysis of co-receptor versus accessory molecule function of CD8 as a correlate of exogenous peptide concentration. Mol. Immunol. 31:875-883.
  • Ingold, A.L., Landel, C., Knall, C., Evans, G.A. & Potter, T.A. 1991. Co-engagement of CD8 with the T cell receptor is required for negative selection. Nature 352:721-723.
  • Siliciano, R.F., Lawton, T., Knall, C., Karr, R.W., Berman, P., Gregory, T. & Reinherz, E.L. 1988. Analysis of host-virus interactions in AIDS with anti-gp120 T cell clones: Effect of HIV sequence variation and a mechanism for CD4+ depletion. Cell 54:561-575.

Career History/Work Experience

  • Anchorage/Seattle
    • 2018-present: Program Coordinator, Alaska INBRE 3: Environmental Agents and Disease
    • 2015-present: Concierge, Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network
    • 2012-present: Associate Professor (tenured), WWAMI School of Medical Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • 2009-present: Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Washington
    • 2016-2018: Research Training Core Director, Alaska INBRE 3: Environmental Agents and Disease
    • 2005-2012: Assistant Professor, WWAMI School of Medical Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • 2006-2011: Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Washington
  • Albuquerque
    • 2001-2007: Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    • 1999-2006: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology, School of Medicine, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    • 2002-2005: Director, Science & Math Education, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
    • 2000-2005: Associate Member & Member, NM Center for Environmental Health Sciences, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    • 1999-2005: Associate Scientist, Pulmonary Immunology Program, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  • Denver
    • 1998-1999: Helen Wohlberg and Herman Lambert Fellow in Cancer Biology, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
    • 1994-1999: Research Fellow, Division of Basic Sciences, Dept. of Pediatrics, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, ACS-IRG Fellowship & NIH NRSA F32HL09640
    • 1990-1994: Predoctoral Fellow, Division of Basic Immunology, Dept. of Medicine, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, NIH NRSA T32AI07035
  • Boston
    • 1986-1988: Research Technician, Gynecologic Oncology & Laboratory of Immunobiology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital
  • Washington, DC
    • 1982-1985: Physical Science Aide, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
    • 1981-1984: Research Assistant, Dept. of Family Medicine, The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University