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Cheryl Hertz - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Cheryl Hertz

Senior Instructor of Biology | Loyola Marymount University


Seaver College of Science and Engineering


Dr. Cheryl Hertz is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biology. After earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Drake University, Cheryl pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she established academic interests in both Microbiology and Immunology, earning a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. The subject of her dissertation was Host Immune Responses to African Trypanosomes, the causative agent of African Sleeping Sickness. She then completed a Postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, where her research examined the role of Toll-like receptors in the activation of Innate and Adaptive immune responses to bacterial pathogens.

Dr. Hertz has taught at LMU since 2004, primarily teaching courses in Immunology, General Microbiology, and Medical Microbiology. In recent years, she has been an instructor for the introductory Biology Laboratory courses, Genetics, as well as courses in Infectious Diseases that she has developed for both majors and non-majors.

Education (2)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Biology

Drake University: B.S., Biology

Areas of Expertise (5)

Infectious Disases





Industry Expertise (2)



Articles (6)

Granulysin-derived pepetides demonstrate antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects against Propionibacterium acnes

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology

McInturff JE, Wang, SJ, Machleidt T, Lin TR, Oren A, Hertz CJ, Krutzik SR, Hart S, Zeh K, Anderson DH, Gallo RL, Modlin RL, Kim J.


Activation of Toll-Like Receptor 2 on Human Airway Epithelial Cells Induces the Antimicrobial Peptide Human Beta Defensin-2

The Journal of Immunology

Hertz, Cheryl J., Qi Wu, Edith Martin Porter, Yan J. Zhang, Karl-Heinz Weisműller, Paul J. Godowski, Tomas Ganz, Scott H. Randell, Robert L. Modlin


Role of Toll-like receptors in Response to Bacterial Infection

Contributions to Microbiology

Hertz,CJ. and R.L. Modlin


Microbial lipopeptides stimulate dendritic cell maturation via TLR2

The Journal of Immunology

Hertz, Cheryl J., Sylvia M. Kiertscher, Paul J. Godowski, Deborah A. Bouis, Michael V. Norgard, Michael D. Roth and Robert L. Modlin


IFN--dependent nitric oxide production is not linked to resistance in experimental African trypanosomiasis

Cellular Immunology

Hertz, Cheryl J., and John M. Mansfield


Resistance to the African trypanosomes is IFN- dependent

The Journal of Immunology

Hertz, Cheryl J.Hertz, Cheryl J., Hanna I. Filutowicz, and John M. Mansfield