Faculty Write Immunology and Serology Textbook

Ernesto DeNardin, PhD and Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD are the authors of “Contemporary Clinical Immunology and Serology,” a new clinical immunology textbook.

Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, and Ernesto De Nardin, PhD, are the authors of “Contemporary Clinical Immunology and Serology,” a new clinical immunology textbook.

Published December 17, 2012 This content is archived.

Story by Alexandra Edelblute

Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, professor of biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, and Ernesto De Nardin, PhD, adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology, have co-authored a clinical immunology textbook.


Published by Prentice Hall, “Contemporary Clinical Immunology and Serology” presents up-to-date professional techniques and prepares students to work in modern clinical immunology laboratories.

23 Chapters Cover Wide Range of Subjects

The 23-chapter textbook, which is part of the Pearson Clinical Laboratory Science Series, covers everything from basic immunology vocabulary to immunodiagnostics for bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal diseases.

Structured to gradually build students’ understanding, it includes such topics as:

  • serology of non-infectious and infectious disorders
  • diagnostic approaches to systemic and organ-based autoimmunity
  • laboratory math
  • forensic serology
  • laboratory safety
  • primary and secondary immunodeficiency

Written with input from leading clinical immunology professionals, the book also contains case studies, game-style chapter reviews and full color visuals to promote critical thinking.

For Biotech Students, Future Lab Techs, Others

The textbook aims to reach students in biotechnology programs, clinical laboratory technician programs and graduate and undergraduate science majors in medically oriented immunology courses.

It is also appropriate for medical residents in internal medicine and the discipline of allergy, immunology and rheumatology.

“The major challenge was to write the book so that the material would satisfy the needs of different levels of students,” De Nardin notes.

Practicing laboratory professionals will also find the textbook useful as a reference guide, he adds.


Experts in Their Fields

Rittenhouse-Olson is an authority on carbohydrate antigens in cancer and infectious disease. She is director of the biotechnology undergraduate program and serves as editor for Immunological Investigations.

De Nardin’s expertise includes the relationship between chronic infections and systemic diseases, chemotactic mechanisms in disease, cell motility and site-directed mutagenesis. He is associate editor of Immunological Investigations.

In addition to his medical school affiliation, De Nardin is a professor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral Biology.