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Join Drs. Brenda Raud and Jason Goldsmith as they discuss the latest in immunology research, and interview some of the greatest minds in the field.
19 Episodes
Dr. Tri Phan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and a Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales. He runs the Intravital Microscopy Lab, which aims to understand the checks and balances that control B cell responses. His team uses two-photon microscopy to image cells in live animals, including time-lapses of over 24 hours. He talks about the physics behind this type of microscopy and how it can image deep within tissues without destroying them. We also discuss his lab’s recent Cell paper on osteomorphs, a newly discovered cell type involved in osteoclast recycling in bone, and their work on memory B cells in lymph nodes.
Dr. Jenny Ting is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the President of the American Association of Immunologists from 2020-2021. Her lab discovered the NLR protein family, and their recent research interests include oxidative phosphorylation in HIV, the role of AIM2 in autoimmunity, and microbes that can protect from radiation.
Dr. Dario Vignali is the Frank Dixon Chair in Cancer Immunology and Vice Chair and Professor of Immunology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  His lab studies various aspects of T cell regulation, and recently generated a new mouse model to target conventional CD4 T cells.
Dr. Anil Bhushan is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and Co-Founder of Deciduous Therapeutics, an aging therapeutics company developing a novel class of immune-modulatory therapies. His lab focuses on understanding how the immune system senses and tunes its response to senescent cells in disease and aging and was one of the first to show the role of clearing senescent cells in models of type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Michael Burton is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in Dallas. His lab studies the complex interactions between the immune and nervous systems that lead to pain, depression, and sickness.
Dr. Frances Lund is the Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her lab showed that B cells not only make antibodies, but also produce cytokines that modulate the microenvironment. She currently studies the many roles of B cells, how to target B cells gone bad, and nasal vaccines for respiratory illnesses.
Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone is the CEO and President of Sonoma Biotherapeutics, a San Francisco and Seattle-based company leveraging the properties of regulatory T cells to create living cell therapies that restore the immune system back to its balanced, fully functioning state.
Dr. Christopher Klebanoff is an Principal Investigator and Attending Physician at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research focuses on cell-based cancer immunotherapies, T cell receptors, and the therapeutic targeting of shared cancer neoantigens. Using single-cell sequencing, biophysical measurements of T cell receptor affinity, genetic engineering, and structural immunobiology, the Klebanoff lab aims to adapt adoptive T cell transfer for advanced solid tumors.
Dr. James Crowe is the Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Their group uses a very broad array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, state-of-the-art imaging and flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and bioengineering approaches to attack the scientific problems that are of interest to them: major human pathogens.
Dr. Marc Jenkins is a Regents and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jenkins discovered that CD4+ T cells require CD28 as well as TCR to produce IL-2. The Jenkins lab is focused on the basic biology of CD4+ T lymphocytes.
Dr. Robyn Hall is a Research Scientist and Team Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). She is a veterinary virologist whose research focuses on innovative and applied solutions for improving rabbit biocontrol using rabbit caliciviruses.
Dr. Isaac Chiu is an Assistant Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School, studying the role of the nervous system in mediating inflammation and host defense. Dr. Tiphaine Voisin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, specializing in somato-sensation and neuro-immunology. They recently published a paper in PNAS on the role of the CysLT2R receptor in acute and chronic itch.
Dr. Daniela Thommen is a Group Leader at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Her lab is interested in understanding how human cancers immunologically respond to treatment, and how such responses relate to the immunological makeup of a tumor.
Dr. Judy Lieberman is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and holds an Endowed Chair in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Caroline Junqueira is an Investigator at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and a visiting scientist at Harvard Medical School. Their recent research focuses on the role of γδ T cells in malaria.
Dr. Carl June is the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the Perelman School of Medicine, and Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Dr. Philipp Rommel is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the June lab. Together, they are interested in lymphocyte biology, with a major translational focus on ex vivo T-cell engineering for cancer and HIV cell-based therapies.
Dr. Bernardo Franklin is a Professor at the University of Bonn. His lab studies the role of innate immunity in sterile inflammation and in infectious diseases. More recently, their research has focused on blood platelets and their effects on innate immunity, systemic inflammation and cancer.
Drs. Mindy, Amy, and Kristen Engevik are sisters and immunologists. Mindy and Amy are Assistant Professors at the Medical University of South Carolina and Kristen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Filipe Pereira is an Associate Professor at the Lund Stem Cell Center at Lund University. The Pereira lab studies how hematopoietic cell fate is specified, maintained, and eventually modified or reversed. Inspired by the fields of stem cell biology, immunology, and cancer, they use an interdisciplinary approach to mechanistically understand hematopoietic and immune cell identities and translate their findings into novel gene and cell therapies.
In March of 2021, the Immunology Podcast will be launching with the goal of creating an accessible, entertaining, and educational resource for scientists to keep current on the latest developments in immunology research. The hosts,…
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