Bram LuttonBram Lutton, Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 978-232-2348
Office Location: Judge Science Center
Office Number: LSB327
Office Hours: Mon and Wed, 4-5PM; Fri, 2-3pm; or by appointment



BIO 102/BIO 103: Principles of Biology with lab

BIO 115: Biosphere

BIO 225: Introduction to Biotechnology

BIO 277: Immunology

BIO 311: Genes and Genomes

PHL 310: Bioethics

PHY 116: Nature of the Universe




Boston University, Boston, MA
Ph.D. Biology: May 2007
MA, Biology: January 2003

Colby College, Waterville, ME                             
B.A., Biology, Cum Laude:  May 1995                                                         


Research Interests and Experience

1. Evolutionary, cellular and molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis and angiogenesis.
2. Neuroendocrine-immune interactions
3. Physiology of fishes

Endicott College       September 2009 – Present
Research Projects: Hematopoiesis, tissue engineering,
and endocrine-immune interactions in fish

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering       August 2008 – May 2009
Research Projects: Tissue engineering studies to investigate
vascular network formation

Massachusetts General and Hospital Harvard       June 2007 – August 2008 Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow, Transplantation Biology Research Center
Research Projects: Transplantation immunology

Boston University, Boston, MA      September 2000 – May 2007
Research Fellow
Thesis Project: Characterization of Epigonal Organ - Ovary Complex of the Little Skate,
Leucoraja erinacea: A Unique Model for Investigations of Reproductive-Immune Interactions

The Marine Biological Laboratory       June – August 2001
Woods Hole, MA

Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL      August  – November 1995
Research Intern

Campus Involvement

Advisor: Outodoor Adventure Club


Co-Advisor: Biotech Society

Biographical Profile

Dr. Lutton joined Endicott College following a Visiting Professorship at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  He has received funding from the NIH and NSF to conduct research focused on evolutionary, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of endocrine-immune interactions, and transplantation immunology. Dr. Lutton has supervised a number of undergraduate students and laboratory technicians pursuing Ph.D. and M.D. programs, and has served as a mentor in a Youth to Health Careers Program guiding underprivileged students toward possible careers in health care.  He feels strongly about fostering interdisciplinary collaborations among colleagues and to this end has coordinated symposia focused on dismantling the barriers between investigators studying various model species from both basic science and clinical perspectives.



1. Lutton, BV, St. George, JP, Murrin, CA, Callard, IP. 2005.  The Elasmobranch Ovary In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Chondrichthyes: Sharks, Skates, Rays, and Chimaeras by W. Hamlett (ed.). Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, NH. Pp. 237-281.

2. Lutton, BV and Callard, IP. 2006.  Evolution of reproductive-immune interactions. Integrative and Comparative Biology 46(6): 1060-1069.

3. Lutton, BV.  Characterization of the epigonal organ-ovary complex of the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea: a model for reproductive-immune interactions [dissertation]. Boston (MA): Boston University; 2007.

4. Lutton, BV and Callard, IP. 2007. Effects of reproductive activity and sex hormones on apoptosis in the epigonal organ of the skate (Leucoraja erinacea). (General and Comparative Endocrinology, 154(1-3):75-84).

5. Lutton, BV and Callard, IP.  2007.  Influence of reproductive activity, sex steroids, and seasonality on epigonal organ cellular proliferation in the skate (Leucoraja erinacea).  (General and Comparative Endocrinology, 155(1):116-25.).

6. Lutton, BV and Callard, IP.  2008. Morphological relationships and leukocyte influence on steroid production in the epigonal organ-ovary complex of the skate, Leucoraja erinacea. (Journal of Morphology, 269:620-629).

7. Lutton, BV et al. 2010.  Approaches to avoiding immune responses to repeated injections of allogeneic umbilical cord tissue-derived cells.(Transplantation, 90(5): 494-501).

Professional Affiliations

Sigma Xi
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
The American Elasmobranch Society
The International Society for Experimental Hematology
International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology
American Society for Reproductive Immunology
Society for the Study of Reproduction
The North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology