• Rothenberg Research Lab


  • Focus on Eosinophils: Homeostasis and Disease

    Eosinophils have been considered end-stage cells involved in host protection against parasites. However, numerous lines of evidence have now changed this perspective by showing that eosinophils are pleiotropic multifunctional leukocytes involved in initiation and propagation of diverse inflammatory responses, as well as modulators of innate and adaptive immunity.

    We are examining new views on the role of eosinophils in homeostatic function, including developmental biology and innate and adaptive immunity (as well as interaction with mast cells and T cells). We are studying the molecular steps involved in eosinophil development and trafficking, with special attention to the important role of eosinophil selective cytokines such as IL-5 and the eotaxin subfamily of chemokines.

    We are investigating the role of eosinophils in disease processes including infections, asthma and gastrointestinal disorders. We are studying the consequences of genetically engineering eosinophil-deficient mice. Genetic approaches to understanding eosinophil-associated human diseases are a focus area. Finally, we are pursuing strategies for targeted therapeutic intervention in eosinophil-mediated diseases.

  • My Research Perspective

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    For more information about my research perspective, view the first segment (0-1:40) of the “Innovators Changing the Outcome” video.

  • Funding Support

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    We are grateful for the generous support of several foundations and agencies, such as the Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Diseases (CURED). View the funding support for our lab.