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Diana Mitchell

Diana Mitchell

Associate Professor


Life Sciences South 150



Mailing Address

Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter MS 3051
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3051

Research: Cellular & Molecular Biology

  • Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, University of Utah, 2012

The Mitchell lab is interested in innate immune cell function in the central nervous system. Central to our diverse research interests are the microglia, which are resident macrophages found in the brain and retina of vertebrates. We seek to understand the dynamics and functions of microglia during tissue development, in contexts of degeneration or tissue injury, their interactions with other cell types (in particular, other glial cells), and their function in regeneration of damaged tissue. Most of our work examines these topics in the retina, as this tissue is comprised of stereotypically organized and well-described neurons and glial cells. Our research has importance in understanding the basis of neurodegenerative disease, design of therapeutic treatments, and advances towards regenerative therapies in humans. We use the zebrafish as our model organism and we apply a variety of approaches to answer our questions, including static and real-time microscopy, transgenesis, next generation sequencing, and gene targeting.

Learn more about our research and lab group here:

  • PhD, Microbiology & Immunology
    University of Utah, 2012
  • Postdoc, Cell Biology
    University of Tennessee, 2012-2014
  • Research Assistant Professor, Retinal Biology
    University of Idaho, 2014-2017

  • College of Science Early Career Faculty Award, 2020-2021


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences