Immunology and Infectious Disease

IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE RESEARCH

 

Mission

Professors in this area work on research regarding all aspects of immunity and infectious diseases.

The immune system is responsible for protecting the body against infections. However, there is a growing awareness that immunity, through inflammation, also plays a role in development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Similarly, microorganisms are involved in infections, but the normal components of our "microbiota" (the microbial species always present on and within our bodies such as the commensals in the intestines) also contribute to health, because they are needed for normal development of immune responses and they have a large effect on chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

The broad interests of faculty members in this area also intersect with themes in other research emphasis tracks within MCB as well as the Health Science Research Institute (HSRI).

Faculty

Professor Miriam Barlow

Professor Jinah Choi

Professor Aaron Hernday

Professor Katrina Hoyer

Professor Kirk Jensen

Professor Patricia LiWang

Professor Jennifer Manilay

Professor Clarissa Nobile