Professional Bio

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Immunology, Stanford University

Ph.D., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado

B.S., Exercise Science-Cardiac Rehabilitation, Ithaca College

Research & Scholarship

Dr. Campisi focuses on understanding immune system functioning, particularly with respect to how biological factors (e.g., aging) and lifestyle behaviors (stress, physical activity status, diet) modulate immune outcomes and interact. Chronic stress is well known to have deleterious consequences on immune system function. However, recent evidence suggests that acute stress may actually enhance numerous features of the immune system. A growing body of research suggests that the impact of stress on measures of immunity can be changed by the physical activity status of an organism. For example, physical activity can buffer the suppressive effects of stress on acquired immunity while further enhancing the positive effects of stress on innate immunity. Research projects focus on understanding the mechanisms mediating these interactions. He is also interested in community health and wellness programs designed to enhance health awareness, provide experiential learning opportunities for students, create environments that support good health practices, and prevent illness, injury and disability.

Awards & Recognition

Representative Publications

  • Campisi, J, Bynog, P, McGehee, H, Oakland, J, Quirk, S, Taga, C, Taylor, M. Facebook, Stress, and Incidence of Upper Respiratory Infection in Undergraduate College Students.Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, in press.
  • Campisi, J, Sharkey, C, Johnson, JD, Asea, A, Maslanik, T, Bernstein-Hanley, I, Fleshner, M. Stress-induced facilitation of host response to bacterial challenge in F344 rats is dependent on extracellular Heat Shock Protein 72 and independent of alpha beta T cells. Stress: The International Journal of the Biology of Stress, in press.
  • Chen, Z, Phillips, LK, Gould, E, Campisi, J, Lee, SW, Ormerod, BK, Zwierzchoniewska, M, Martinez, OM, Palmer, TD. (2011) MHC mismatch inhibits neurogenesis and neuron maturation in stem cell allografts. PLoS ONE, 6(3): e14787. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014787
  • Campisi, J, Finn, KE. (2011) Does active learning improve students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward research methods? Journal of College Science Teaching 40(4): 38-45.
  • FitzPatrick, KA, Campisi, J. (2009) A multi-year approach to student driven investigations in exercise physiology. Advances in Physiology Education 33: 349-355.