Melissa M. Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD

Melissa M. Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD portrait
    • Primary Address
    • Office
    • University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
    • ABC-1 Building
    • 425 North 5th Street
    • Phoenix, AZ, United States 85004


Area of Expertise

  • Cervical Cancer (Research)
  • Vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections (Research)
  • Immunology (Research)
  • Host-microbe interactions and 3D biomimetic modeling (Research)

Research Summary

Dr. Herbst-Kralovetz is broadly interested in understanding innate mucosal immune responses to resident bacteria, pathogens and microbial products at mucosal sites, including the female reproductive tract (FRT). Her lab is interested in studying the mucosal barrier function of the FRT and its role in host defense and maintaining mucosal homeostasis, which is widely relevant to infection, immunity, reproduction and even cancer. She has a long-standing interest in women’s health.


  • In Vitro Urogenital Co-Culture Models. Status: Published. File date 2011; Issue date 2011.
  • Stabilized VLP having enhanced mucosal immunogenicity. Status: Published. File date 2009; Issue date 2009.
  • Novel Vaccine Adjuvant for Mucosal Immunization. Status: Published. File date 2008; Issue date 2008.