Ayana Ruffin, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

Great research opportunities, faculty and facilities!

Doctoral Dissertation

Evaluating B cell phenotype and function in the tumor microenvironment of head and neck cancer

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2022
  • BS, Towson University, 2017

Research Interests

Cancer immunology; viral immunology


Chmura JC, Herold K, Ruffin A, Atuobi T, Fabiyi Y, Mitchell AE, Choi YB and Ehrlich ES. 2017. The Itch ubiquitin ligase is required for KSHV RTA induced vFLIP degradation. Virology. 501: 119-126.