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Jamie Sturgill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director, Biobehavioral Laboratory Services
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing


1100 E. Leigh Street, Room 4013
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-3235
Email: sturgilljl@vcu.edu

Link to articles available on PubMed by Jamie Sturgill, PhD


My teaching area in in Immunology.  I provide guest lectures in a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses across the entire VCU campus. Here in the SON, I teach in the undergraduate curriculum, NURS 365 and 366, as well as the doctoral program, NURS 721. I also serve on several PhD and MS student committees across campus.


My research foci are twofold. One aspect of my laboratory focuses on neuroimmunology and how signals from the CNS influence inflammatory processes. I am very interested in kainate receptor biology and how this receptor affects type 2 immune responses such as allergy, asthma, and autoimmunity. I am also very interested in the role of inflammatory lipids in lung disease. Specifically I focus on sphingolipids and how aberrant sphingolipid levels lead to allergic airway disease.


I am an active member of The American Association of Immunologists, The American Academy for the Advancement of Science, The International Society of Neuroimmunology, the International Cytokine and Interferon Society, and the Society of Leukocyte Biology.  I also serve as grant reviewer for the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program. Here at VCU I serve on the Institute of Women’s Health Education Committee and as coordinator for ACHOO (Allergy Cytokine Histamine Organization). 


  • B.S. - University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • M.S. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
    Microbiology and Immunology
  • Ph.D. - Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia


  • VCU Institute for Women’s Health Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research Award 2013
  • National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Awardee July 2015
  • AAI Travel for Techniques Grant Awardee December 2015


  • Starkweather AR, Ramesh D, Lyon DE, Siangphorn U, Deng X, Sturgill J, Heineman A, Elswick RK, Dorsey SG, Greenspan J. Acute Low Back Pain: Differential Somatosensory Function and Gene Expression Compared to Healthy No-pain Controls. Clin J Pain. 2016 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Starkweather AR, Lyon DE, Kinser P, Heineman A, Sturgill JL, Deng X, Siangphoe U, Elswick RK, Greenspan J, Dorsey SG. Comparison of Low Back Pain Recovery and Persistence: A Descriptive Study of Characteristics at Pain Onset. Biol Res Nurs. 2016 Feb 16.
  • Kolawole EM, McLeod JJ, Ndaw V, Abebayehu D, Barnstein BO, Faber T, Spence AJ, Taruselli M, Paranjape A, Haque TT, Qayum AA, Kazmi QA, Wijesinghe DS, Sturgill JL, Chalfant CE, Straus DB, Oskeritzian CA, Ryan JJ. Fluvastatin Suppresses Mast Cell and Basophil IgE Responses: Genotype-Dependent Effects. J Immunol. 2016 Feb 15;196(4):1461-70. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1501932. Epub 2016 Jan 15.
  • Oyeniran C*, Sturgill JL*, Hait NC, Huang WC, Avni D, Maceyka M, Newton J, Allegood JC, Montpetit A, Conrad DH, Milstien S, Spiegel S. Aberrant ORM (yeast)-like protein isoform 3 (ORMDL3) expression dysregulates ceramide homeostasis in cells and ceramide exacerbates allergic asthma in mice. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Apr 1. pii: S0091-6749(15)00333-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2015.02.031. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25842287. *Authors contributed equally.
  • Starkweather AR, Coyne P, Lyon DE, Elswick RK Jr, An K, Sturgill J. Decreased low back pain intensity and differential gene expression following calmare®: results from a double-blinded randomized sham-controlled study. Res Nurs Health. 2015 Feb;38(1):29-38. doi: 10.1002/nur.21632. Epub 2015 Jan 8.
  • Lyon, D., McCain, N., Elswick, R.K., Sturgill, J., Ameringer, S., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., Walter, J., and Grap, M.J. Biobehavioral examination of fatigue across populations: report from a P30 center of excellence. Nurs Outlook.2014 Sep-Oct; 62 (5): 322-31.]
  • Kim EY, Sturgill JL*, Hait NC, Avni D, Valencia EC, Maceyka M, Lima S, Allegood J, Huang
    WC, Zhang S, Milstien S, Conrad D, Spiegel S .Role of sphingosine kinase 1 and sphingosine-1-phosphate in CD40 signaling and IgE class switching. FASEB J. 2014 Jul 1. pii: fj.14-251611. [Epub ahead of print] *Authors contributed equally.
  • Sturgill, JL, McGee EA, Menzies VM. Unique Cytokine Signature in the Plasma of Patients with
    Fibromyalgia. J Immunol Res. 2014;2014:938576. doi: 10.1155/2014/938576. Epub 2014 Mar 11. PMC3987983
  • Sturgill, J.L and DH Conrad. Purifying and Measuring Immunoglobulin E and anti IgE. Irving C.
    Allen (ed.), Mouse Models of Allergic Disease: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1032,DOI 10.1007/978-1-62703-496-8_9
  • Conrad, D.H. and Sturgill, J.L. CD23, ADAM10 and Fullerenes – New Targets to Block Allergic Asthma. Respiratory Drug Delivery 2012, Vol 1, pp 11-20.
  • Saleem SJ, Martin RK, Morales JK, Sturgill, JL, Gibb DR, Graham L, Bear HD, Manjili MH, Ryan JJ, Conrad DH. Cutting edge: mast cells critically augment myeloid-derived suppressor cell activity. J Immunol. 2012 Jul 15;189(2):511-5. Epub 2012 Jun 15. PMCID PMC3392490.
  • Norton SK, Wijesinghe DS, Dellinger A, Sturgill J, Zhou Z, Barbour S, Chalfant C, Conrad DH, Kepley CL. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids are involved in the C(70) fullerene derivative-induced control of allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Jun 2. PMID: 22664166.
  • Suzuki, M., El-Hage N., Zou, S., Hahn, Y.K., Sorrell, M.E., Sturgill, J.L., Conrad, D.H., Knapp, P.E., and Hauser, K.F. Fractalkine/CX3CL1 protects striatal neurons from synergistic morphine and HIV-1 Tat-induced dendritic losses and death. Mol Neurodegener. 2011 Nov 17;6(1):78. PMCID: PMC3287119.
  • Zhang Q, Sturgill JL, Kmieciak M, Szczepanek K, Derecka M, Koebel C, Graham LJ, Dai Y, Chen S, Grant S, Cichy J, Shimoda K, Gamero A, Manjili M, Bear H, Conrad D, Larner AC.The Role of Tyk2 in Regulation of Breast Cancer Growth. S J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2011 Aug 24. PMCID: PMC3173819.
  • El-Hage,N., Podhaizer, E., Sturgill, J. L., and Hauser, K.F. Toll-like receptor expression and activation in astroglia: differential regulation by HIV-1 Tat, gp120, and morphine. Immunol Invest. 2011;40(5):498-522. PMCID: PMC3287069.
  • Sturgill, J. L., J. Mathews, P. Scherle, and D. H. Conrad. Glutamate signaling through the Kainate Receptor enhances human immunoglobulin production. J Neuroimmunol. 2011 Jan 5. PMCID: PMC3074000.
  • Conrad, D.H., D.R. Gibb, and Sturgill, J.L. Regulation of the IgE response. f1000 Biology Reports 2009, 2:14. PMCID: PMC2948365.


  • Sturgill, JL. (2016, May). The ORMDL3-ceramide axis may be a novel therapeutic target for the control of allergic airway disease. The 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunologists. Seattle WA.
  • Sturgill, JL. (2015, September)."Ceramide plays a critical role in allergic airway disease". The 48th Annual Meeting of The Society for Leukocyte Biology.
  • Sturgill, JL. (2014, May). Kainate receptors are critical for Th2 immune responses in allergic disease”. The 101st Annual Meeting of the The American Association of Immunologists (AAI). Pittsburgh PA.
  • Sturgill, JL. (2012, May). A critical role for the kainate receptor in both IgE production and IgE mediated allergic lung inflammation”. The 99th Annual Meeting of The American Association of Immunologists (AAI). Boston MA. FASEB Summer Research Conferences: Immunoreceptors. Snowmass CO July.
  • Sturgill, JL. (2012, May). “A critical role for the kainate receptor in both IgE production and IgE mediated allergic lung inflammation”. The 99th Annual Meeting of The American Association of Immunologists (AAI). Boston MA. FASEB Summer Research Conferences: Immunoreceptors. Snowmass CO July.


  • 2015-2016: Principal Investigator, Examining the ORMDL3-ceramide axis in allergic asthmam funded by Virginia Commonwealth University Presidential Research Quest Fund Sturgill PI $49,587

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