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Program in Immunology

This emerging inter-institutional endeavor assembles world-renowned researchers from across UC San Diego and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. The unique partnership fosters shared research interests, collaboration, and the application of young scientists to all aspects of host immunity, with the goal of advancing immunological research and further distinguishing the San Diego region as a leader in the field.

Program in Immunology Mission and Goals

The field of Immunology strives to better understand how the body’s immune responses can be deployed to both the prevention of and intervention in chronic diseases.UC San Diego and the La Jolla Institute's unique partnership fosters shared research interests, collaboration, and the application of young scientists to all aspects of host immunity, with the goal of advancing immunological research and further distinguishing the San Diego region as a leader in the field. 

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Program in Immunology Faculty Investigators

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The Program in Immunology converges diverse individual and departmental research efforts from 86 laboratories at UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine and the La Jolla Institute, to cultivate interdisciplinary alliances and effect clinical translation of Immunology research.  With the advent of recent technologies, the field of Immunology is on the threshold of monumental strides in our understanding of the immune system, resulting in the treatment of numerous human diseases. The Program in Immunology represents a new coalition of intellect and resources with the ambition to be on the frontier of this movement.

CHARM Collaboration Contact:  Stephen Hedrick, PhD  (Program in Immuology Co-Director)

CHARM ⬌ Program in Immunology Collaborations

CHARM emphasizes that deeper understanding of pathogen interactions with host immunity can inform novel approaches to fight drug-resistant pathogens.  CHARM and Program in Immunology investigators are undertaking joint studies on innate and adaptive immune responses to leading pathogens, inspiring innoviate immune boosting and vaccine strategies to prevent and resolve infections for which conventional antibiotics are failing.

 

Fortifying Gut Defenses

Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are important regulators of early infection at mucosal barriers. Herpes virus entry mediator (HVEM), a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor superfamily, stimulates protective interferon-γ secretion from ILCs that defends the gut against bacterial pathogens such as Yersinia enterocolitica.

Read at Cell Host and Microbe