Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Immunology

    The broad goals of this research is to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms that drive immunologically-mediated disorders.The broad goals of this research is to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms that drive immunologically-mediated disorders.

    Dysregulated immune responses are of central importance to the pathogenesis and expression of a wide spectrum of disease (HIV, asthma, coronary artery disease, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancers) that cause an immense burden of morbidity and mortality in the US and the world at large.

    Faculty

    Artem Barski, PhD.Artem Barski, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Epigenomics of immunological memory [Visit Allergy and Immunology]

    Jay Degen, PhD.Jay Degen, PhD, Professor
    The role of hemostatic factors and coupled signaling systems in development, inflammatory response, vessel wall disease and tumor biology [Visit Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology]

    Lee Grimes, PhD.Lee Grimes, PhD, Professor
    Hematopoiesis, molecular biology, and molecular oncology including mouse modeling of hematopoiesis, myelopoiesis and leukemia. [Visit the Grimes Lab]

    John Harley, MD, PhD.John Harley, MD, PhD, Professor
    We work to bring the new technologies of genomics to clinical care. We do this for the institution as a service and for our own work in autoimmunity. At the moment we are evaluating the microbiome in blood for systemic lupus erythematosus. [Visit Rheumatology]

    Gurjit Hershey, MD, PhD.Gurjit Hershey, MD, PhD, Professor
    Genetics and the pathogenesis of atopic disorders [Visit Asthma Research]

    David Hildeman, PhD.David Hildeman, PhD, Professor
    Molecular biology of antigen-specific T cells, including mechanisms involved in cell signaling, apoptosis, and sex-based differences in autoimmunity and the T cell response to viral infections [Visit Immunobiology]

    Kenneth Kaufman, PhD, Professor
    Utilization of next generation DNA sequencing data to identify variants that cause disease. We are particularly interested in autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus. [Visit CAGE]

    Tim Le Cras, PhD.Tim Le Cras, PhD, Associate Professor
    Chronic lung diseases: Asthma, Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Pulmonary fibrosis, Pulmonary hypertension [Visit the Le Cras Lab]

    Takahisa Nakamura, PhD.Takahisa Nakamura, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Functional analysis of small RNAs and their binding proteins in integrative organ crosstalk in metabolic diseases. [Visit Endocrinology]

    Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD.Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Professor
    Eosinophil biology, chemokine receptor signaling pathways [Visit the Rothenberg Lab]

    Stephen N. Waggoner, PhD.Stephen N. Waggoner, PhD, Assistant Professor
    We are interested in host and viral factors that control disease pathogenesis by regulating development of long-lived immunological memory, generation of potent immune effector cells, and functional repression of immune function during chronic infection. [Visit the Waggoner Lab]

    Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD.Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, Professor
    Organ morphogenesis, gene regulation, cell differentiation, respiratory disease [Visit the Whitsett Lab