James W. Lillard, Ph.D., MBA 

Associate Dean for Research, Professor

Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology

Location: Hugh Gloster Building
Phone: 404-752-1863
E-mail: jlillard@msm.edu


University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in  Microbiology & Immunology 

Emory University Goizueta Business SchooL
Degree: Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Track


Ohio State University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Science Engineering 

Research Interests

Dr. Lillard is an immuno-biologist who uses both in silico and in vivo methods to develop biologics, humanized antibodies, vaccines, and nanoparticles to diagnose and treat (prostate, breast, colon, ovarian, lung, and hepatocelluar) cancers and infectious diseases. His research contributions span multiple disciplines including oncology, vaccine development, biodefense, and neuro-inflammation. Dr. Lillard’s cumulative peer-reviewed funding principally directed over his scientific career exceeds $22m and he has authored over 320 scientific communications, which have been cited over 3,000 times. 


R. Singh, S. Singh, D.E. Briles, D.D. Taub, S.K. Hollingshead, and J.W. Lillard Jr. 2012. CCL5-independent helper T lymphocyte responses to immuno-dominant pneuomococcal surface protein A epitopes. Vaccine 30:1181-90. PMID: 22178100

C.P. El-Haibi, R. Singh, P. Sharma, S. Singh, and J.W. Lillard, Jr. 2012. Antibody microarray analysis of signaling networks regulated by CXCL13 and CXCR5 in prostate cancer. J Proteomics Bioinform 5:177-84. PMID: 24009409

C.P. El-Haibi, P. Sharma, R. Singh, P. Gupta, D.D. Taub, S. Singh, and J.W. Lillard, Jr. 2013. Differential G protein subunit expression by prostate cancer cells and their interaction with CXCR5. Mol Cancer 12:64-74. PMID: 23773523

R. Singh, P. Gupta, P.K. Sharma, E.W. Ades, S.K. Hollingshead, S. Singh, and J.W. Lillard, Jr. 2014. Prediction and Characterization of helper T cell epitopes from pneumococcal surface adhesin A (PsaA). Immunology 141:514-30. PMID: 24138116

R. Singh, P. Gupta, G.H. Kloecker, C.R. Stockard, W.E. Grizzle, S. Singh, and J.W. Lillard, Jr. 2014. Expression and clinical significance of CXCR5/CXCL13 in human non-small cell lung carcinoma. Intl J Oncology [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25271023

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Honors and Awards

National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review, Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section Member

World Journal of Medical Research, Editor-in-Chief

United States Food & Drug Administration Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Panel Member

Georgia Cancer Coalition, Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award

Academy of Microbiologist, Microbial Triggers of Chronic Human Illness Colloquium Member 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Senior Research Scientist Award