Dr. Hinkelman is assistant professor of microbiology and immunology for the School of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University and completed her doctoral degree in microbiology at the University of Kansas in Dr. Stephen H. Benedict’s laboratory investigating the factors guiding differentiation of human naïve CD4 T cells. After her graduate work, she expanded her immunology research training by studying host immune responses to influenza virus infection as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas J. Braciale.
Dr. Hinkelman joined School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 and teaches microbiology and immunology in both the medical and postbaccalaureate programs. Her current research interests are focused on characterization and function of neutrophil receptors in various disease states. She is a member of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) and the Society of Self Fellows (society for alumni of the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship and leadership program at KU). Dr. Hinkelman has a long-standing passion for teaching and mentoring students in advanced biological sciences and is pleased to join the School of Osteopathic Medicine team in training compassionate and knowledgeable health care professionals.