Host Pathogen Interaction, Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Baxter, Victoria, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Personal Statement:

Victoria “Tori” Baxter, DVM, PhD, examines the pathogenesis of and host immune response to emerging infectious diseases, particularly encephalitic arboviruses. Her research primarily focuses on understanding both the pathogen and host factors that contribute to disease development and severity through the use of mouse models. She is especially fascinated by the “double edged sword” phenomenon seen with many viruses, where the immune system simultaneously plays both protective and pathogenic roles when responding to infection. As a veterinarian-scientist, Dr. Baxter is additionally interested in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that affect animal research studies in order to improve the translatability of animal models so that they better reflect human responses.


2016 Doctor of Philosophy, Viral Immunology
Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Thesis: Immunopathogenesis and Control of Sindbis Virus in the Central
Nervous System During Nonfatal Alphavirus Encephalomyelitis

2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

2010 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Summa cum laude

2006 Bachelor of Science, Genetics
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Summa cum laude, University Honors

Awards & Accomplishments

2022 NIH Early Career Reviewer, LCMI Study Section
2021 American Association of Immunologists Careers in Immunology Fellowship
2020 Best Oral Presentation, isirv-ASG Therapeutics for COVID-19 Virtual Conference
2020 Early Career Faculty Travel Grant, American Association of Immunologists
2016 Merial Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians
2015 American Society for Virology Student Travel Award
2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists Institutional Nomination,
Johns Hopkins University
2013 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Travel Award
2010 Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Excellence Award
2009 Phi Zeta Induction, Eta Chapter, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
2006 Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Kappa Chapter, Texas A&M University
2006 Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Senior Merit Award
2006 Nester R. Bottino Award for Undergraduate Research, Texas A&M University


American Association of Immunologists 2019-present
North Carolina Academy of Laboratory Animal Medicine 2017-present
American Society for Virology 2014-present
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 2010-present
Texas Branch AALAS 2023-present
Research Triangle Branch AALAS 2017-2022
American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners 2007-present
American Veterinary Medical Association 2006-present