Dr. Prosper Boyaka is a professor of Veterinary Sciences at The Ohio State University. He obtained an M.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in immunotoxicology from the Université Denis Diderot - Paris 7. He came to Ohio State in 2006 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was a member of the Department of Microbiology. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Boyaka has received national and international recognition for his research in the field of immunology and infectious diseases. His research, which has sponsorship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on the regulation of immunity and inflammation in mucosal surfaces. Specifically, he studies the interactions between mucosal immune cells to better understand molecular events that control the initiation and the nature of immune responses in mucosal sites. He also investigates means to use mucosal surfaces to provide immunity against infectious diseases and strategies to control mucosal pathologies such as allergic reactions. Dr. Boyaka is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the Society for Mucosal Immunology, and the American Society for Microbiology. He serves on grant review panels of the NIH and European Research Council and is on the editorial board of several scientific journals.