Vincent C. Lombardi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno 2007
  • B.A. Science, Sierra Nevada College, 1995


Dr. Vincent Lombardi received his Ph.D. in 2007 in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at UNR. Prior to prior to this, he served as the Director of Research of the Nevada Center for Biomedical Research and as a supervisor in their CLIA-licensed clinical laboratory. Dr. Lombardi has extensive experience in clinical immunology and infectious disease.

The current focus of the Lombardi laboratory is understanding the underpinnings of the gut-brain axis in Alzheimer's disease and myalgic encephalomyelitis with a sub-focus of the contributions of mucosal immunity to this process.


  1. Schlauch KA, Kulick D, Subramanian K, De Meirleir KL, Palotás A, Lombardi VC. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in a cohort of significantly obese women without cardiometabolic diseases. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Feb;43(2):253-262. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0181-3. Epub 2018 Aug 17. PubMed PMID: 30120429; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6365206.
  2. De Meirleir KL, Mijatovic T, Subramanian K, Schlauch KA, Lombardi VC. Evaluation of four clinical laboratory parameters for the diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis. J Transl Med. 2018 Nov 21;16(1):322. doi: 10.1186/s12967-018-1696-z. PubMed PMID: 30463572; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6249861.
  3. Lombardi VC, De Meirleir KL, Subramanian K, Nourani SM, Dagda RK, Delaney SL, Palotás A. Nutritional modulation of the intestinal microbiota; future opportunities for the prevention and treatment of neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory disease. J Nutr Biochem. 2018 Nov;61:1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 Apr 19. Review. PubMed PMID: 29886183; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6195483.
  4. Mijatovic T, Siniscalco D, Subramanian K, Bosmans E, Lombardi VC, De Meirleir KL. Biomedical approach in autism spectrum disorders-the importance of assessing inflammation. AIMS molecular science. 2018 July; 5(3):173-182. doi: 10.3934/molsci.2018.3.173.
  5. Singh S, Stafford P, Schlauch KA, Tillett RR, Gollery M, Johnston SA, Khaiboullina SF, De Meirleir KL, Rawat S, Mijatovic T, Subramanian K, Palotás A, Lombardi VC. Humoral Immunity Profiling of Subjects with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Using a Random Peptide Microarray Differentiates Cases from Controls with High Specificity and Sensitivity. Mol Neurobiol. 2018 Jan;55(1):633-641. doi: 10.1007/s12035-016-0334-0. Epub 2016 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 27981498; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5472503.
  6. Blatt NL, Khaiboullin TI, Lombardi VC, Rizvanov AA, Khaiboullina SF. The Skin-Brain Connection Hypothesis, Bringing Together CCL27-Mediated T-Cell Activation in the Skin and Neural Cell Damage in the Adult Brain. Front Immunol. 2016;7:683. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00683. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 28138328; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5237636.
  7. Khaiboullina SF, Abdulkhakov S, Khalikova A, Safina D, Martynova EV, Davidyuk Y, Khuzin F, Faizullina R, Lombardi VC, Cherepnev GV, Rizvanov AA. Serum Cytokine Signature That Discriminates Helicobacter pylori Positive and Negative Juvenile Gastroduodenitis. Front Microbiol. 2016;7:1916. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01916. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 28018296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5156714.
  8. Anokhin VV, Bakhteeva LB, Khasanova GR, Khaiboullina SF, MartynovaEV, Tillett RL, Schlauch KA, Lombardi VC, Rizvanov AA. Previously Unidentified Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in HIV/AIDS Cases Associate with Clinical Parameters and Disease Progression. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:2742648. doi: 10.1155/2016/2742648. Epub 2016 Dec 5. PubMed PMID: 28050553; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5165134.
  9. Mukhamedyarov MA, Rizvanov AA, Yakupov EZ, Zefirov AL, Kiyasov AP, Reis HJ, Teixeira AL, Vieira LB, Lima LM, Salafutdinov II, Petukhova EO, Khaiboullina SF, Schlauch KA, Lombardi VC, Palotás A. Transcriptional Analysis of Blood Lymphocytes and Skin Fibroblasts, Keratinocytes, and Endothelial Cells as a Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Oct 18;54(4):1373-1383. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160457. PubMed PMID: 27589530; PubMed Central PMCID:
  10. Boichuk S, Galembikova A, Zykova S, Ramazanov B, Khusnutdinov R, Dunaev P, Khaibullina S, Lombardi V. Ethyl-2-amino-pyrrole-3-carboxylates are novel potent anticancer agents that affect tubulin polymerization, induce G2/M cell-cycle arrest, and effectively inhibit soft tissue cancer cell growth in vitro. Anticancer Drugs. 2016 Aug;27(7):620-34. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0000000000000372. PubMed PMID: 27129079.
  11. Khaiboullina SF, Morzunov SP, St Jeor SC, Rizvanov AA, Lombardi VC. Hantavirus Infection Suppresses Thrombospondin-1 Expression in Cultured Endothelial Cells in a Strain-Specific Manner. Front Microbiol. 2016;7:1077. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01077. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27486439; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4950404.
  12. Schlauch KA, Khaiboullina SF, De Meirleir KL, Rawat S, Petereit J, Rizvanov AA, Blatt N, Mijatovic T, Kulick D, Palotás A, Lombardi VC. Genome-wide association analysis identifies genetic variations in subjects with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Feb 9;6:e730. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.208. PubMed PMID: 26859813; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4872418.
  13. Boichuk SV, Khaiboullina SF, Ramazanov BR, Khasanova GR, Ivanovskaya KA, Nizamutdinov EZ, Sharafutdinov MR, Martynova EV,
    DeMeirleir KL, Hulstaert J, Anokhin VA, Rizvanov AA, Lombardi VC. Gut-Associated Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells Display an Immature Phenotype and Upregulated Granzyme B in Subjects with HIV/AIDS. Front Immunol. 2015;6:485. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2015.00485. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26441989; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4585323.
  14. Morzunov SP, Khaiboullina SF, St Jeor S, Rizvanov AA, Lombardi VC. Multiplex Analysis of Serum Cytokines in Humans with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Front Immunol. 2015;6:432. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2015.00432. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26379668; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4553709.
  15. Khaiboullina SF, Gumerova AR, Khafizova IF, Martynova EV, Lombardi VC, Bellusci S, Rizvanov AA. CCL27: Novel Cytokine with Potential Role in Pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:189638. doi: 10.1155/2015/189638. Epub 2015 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 26295034; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4532821.
  16. Khaiboullina SF, DeMeirleir KL, Rawat S, Berk GS, Gaynor-Berk RS, Mijatovic T, Blatt N, Rizvanov AA, Young SG, Lombardi VC. Cytokine expression provides clues to the pathophysiology of Gulf War illness and myalgic encephalomyelitis. Cytokine. 2015 Mar;72(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2014.11.019. Epub 2014 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 25514671;
    PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4410698.
  17. Lombardi VC, Khaiboullina SF, Rizvanov AA. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells, a role in neoplastic prevention and progression. Eur J Clin Invest. 2015 Jan;45 Suppl 1:1-8. doi: 10.1111/eci.12363. Review. PubMed PMID:
  18. Baigildina AA, Khaiboullina SF, Martynova EV, Anokhin VA, Lombardi VC, Rizvanov AA. Inflammatory cytokines kinetics define the severity and phase of nephropathia epidemica. Biomark Med. 2015;9(2):99-107. doi: 10.2217/bmm.14.88. Epub 2014 Oct 14. PubMed PMID: 25313675.