Catherine Brennan

Contact Information

Office: DBH 112A

Phone: 657-278-3637


Catherine Brennan

Assistant Professor



PhD, University of Southern California

MS, University of Southern California

BA, Williams College

Research Areas

Innate immunity; Phagocytosis; Genetic Approaches to Cell Biology; Blood Cells; Drosophila

Courses Regularly Taught

Cellular Basis of Life, Intermediate Cell Biology, Advances in Cell Biology, Immunology


Brennan, C. A., Ibarrondo, F.J., Shih, R., Sugar, C.A., Detels, R., Rinaldo, C.R., Margolick, J.B., Phair, J., Jacobson, L., Yang, O.O., and Jamieson, B.D. (2012) Early HLA-B*57-restricted CD8+ T lymphocyte responses predict subsequent HIV-1 disease progression. J. Virol. 86:10505-16. (cover article)


Brennan, C. A., Delaney, J.R., Schneider, D.S., and Anderson, K.V. (2007) Psidin is required in Drosophila blood cells for both phagocytic degradation and immune activation of the fat body. Curr. Biol. 17:67-72.
• Research Highlight:  Ahmad, S. (2007) Insect immunity: the psidin adventure. Nature Rev. Immunol. 7:90.
• Dispatch:  Hultmark, D. and Borge-Renberg, K. (2007) Drosophila immunity: Is antigen processing the first step? Curr Biol. 17: R22-R24.


Brennan, C. A., Anderson, K. V. (2004) Drosophila: the genetics of innate immune recognition and response. Annu. Rev. Immunol. 22: 457-83. 


Brennan, C. A., Li, T-R., Bender, M., Hsiung, F., Moses, K. (2001) Broad-complex, but not Ecdysone receptor,is required for progression of the morphogenetic furrow in the Drosophila eye. Development 128: 1-11.


Brennan, C. A. and Moses, K. (2000) Determination of Drosophila photoreceptors: timing is everything. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 57: 195-214.