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 supressive 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


Finn, KE, Campisi, J. Peer-Led Team Learning in Anatomy and Physiology: Effects on Student Perception and Academic Performance. Journal of College Science Teaching, in press.

Campisi, J, Finn, KE, Bravo, Y, Arnold, J, Benjamin, M, Sukiennik, M, Shakya, S, Fontaine, D. Sex and Age-Related Differences in Perceived, Desired and Measured Percent Body Fat Among Adults.  Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, doi:10.1111/jhn.12252, 2014.

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 15(12): 675-681, 2012.

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 15(6): 637-646, 2012.

Campisi, J, Bravo, Y, Cole, J, Gobeil, K.  Acute psychosocial stress differentially influences salivary endocrine and immune measures in undergraduate students. Physiology & Behavior 107(3): 317-321, 2012.