Immunology

lymph Node, Diaphragm, and ColonResearch in Immunology at UVA includes research spanning basic development and regulation of the immune system to clinical trials.  Areas of interest include molecular aspects of B and T lymphocyte development, innate immunity, regulation of immune response quality, lymphocyte trafficking, modulation of immunity to viruses and bacteria, tumor immunology and immunotherapy, allergic diseases, autoimmunity, neuroimmunology and immunological perturbations in cardiovascular disease.The Immunology Training Program consists of outstanding faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows performing cutting-edge research in a collaborative and collegial environment.  We provide students with an interdisciplinary training experience that emphasizes the breadth of immunology as well as cell and molecular biology.  The Training Program is funded in part by an NIH training grant in its 17th year, with 32 mentors providing cohesion and comprehensiveness.

The Program is integrated with and supported by the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC), the Carter Immunology Center, and the Center for Immunity, Inflammation, and Regenerative Medicine.  It also provides access to many state-of the-art research support facilities.

The program provides a creative and vibrant training environment that prepares students for careers in immunology research and the delivery of new and innovative therapies to patients.

Faculty
  • Ambati, Jayakrishna

    Understanding the Molecular Basis of Macular Degeneration in Order to Hasten the Eradication of Blindness

  • Bender, Timothy P.

    Regulation of gene expression during lymphocyte development

  • Bland, Michelle

    Molecular mechanisms linking inflammation and insulin signaling to control cell growth and metabolism

  • Bouton, Amy H.

    Signaling Pathways and Breast Cancer

  • Braciale, Thomas J.

    T Lymphocyte Responses To Virus Infection

  • Brown, Michael G.

    Natural Killer Cells, Viral Immunity, Genetic basis of host resistance to viral infection, Tumor immunity, Immune cell regulation

  • Bullock, Timothy N.

    Pathways to enhance T cell function in tumors.

  • Casanova, James E.

    Role of Arf family GTPases in vesicular transport and cytoskeleton assembly.
    Cell Biology of bacterial pathogenesis.
    The innate immune response to bacterial infection.

  • Cliffe, Anna

    Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of Neurons

  • Criss, Alison K.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis

  • Cross, Janet V.

    Contribution of the Inflammatory Microenvironment to Tumor Initiation, Progression and Metastasis; Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer Chemoprevention

  • Desai, Bimal N.

    Ion channels and Ca2+-signaling in inflammation, immunity and tissue homeostasis

  • Engelhard, Victor H.

    Identification of MHC-restricted tumor antigens / Control of T cell homing to tumors / Tertiary lymphoid structures and intratumoral immunity

  • Erickson, Loren D.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of B lymphocyte function; Genetic susceptibility in systemic lupus erythematosus; Immunotherapeutics in the treatment of B cell disorders

  • Ewald, Sarah

    Innate immunity, chronic disease, host-parasite interactions

  • Gaultier, Alban

    Exploring new therapeutics avenues to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

  • Gelfand, Bradley

    Blinding disease age-related macular degeneration, utilizing the tools of immunology, molecular biology, and engineering.

  • Guler, Jennifer

    Cell Biology and Parasitology.

  • Hahn, Young S.

    Immune regulation for HCV infection and chronic liver inflammation

  • Hammarskjöld, Marie-Louise

    Post Transcriptional Gene Regulation and the Molecular Biology of Human Retroviruses

  • Harris, Tajie H.

    Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS

  • Hsu, Ku-Lung

    Chemical Biology, Lipid Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Mass Spectrometry

  • Kedes, Dean H.

    Human Herpes virus associated with malignancy, including Kaposi’s Sarcoma

  • Kester, Mark

    Nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery

  • Kipnis, Jonathan

    Neuroimmunology and glia biology in cognition, neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration

  • Laubach, Victor E.

    Understanding mechanisms of ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury after lung transplantation such as vascular inflammation, diagnosis via molecular imaging, and identifying therapeutic targets for the prevention or treatment of IR injury.

  • Leitinger, Norbert

    Role of lipid oxidation products in inflammation and vascular immunology in atherosclerosis and diabetes

  • Loughran, Jr., Thomas P

    Hematologic malignancies; bone marrow disorders; leukemia; large granular lymphocyte (LGL)

  • Luckey, Chance John

    Immune Memory

  • Lukens, John R.

    Understanding How Immunological Pathways Contribute to Neurodegenerative, Neurodevelopmental, Mental and Behavior Disorders

  • McNamara, Coleen A.

    Atherosclerosis, Obesity, Diabetes

  • Petri, William A.

    Immune mechanisms of defense against enteric (diarrheal) infections

  • Pompano, Rebecca

    Bioanalytical tools for inflammatory disease

  • Pornillos, Owen

    Structure and assembly of HIV Virus/host interactions; Structural biology of the innate immune system

  • Ravichandran, Kodi S.

    Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease

  • Rekosh, David M.

    Human Immunodeficiency; Virus Gene Expression

  • Rich, Stephen S.

    Genetic basis of common human disease, including type 1 diabetes, diabetic complications, ischemic stroke, atherosclerosis

  • Rutkowski, Melanie

    Influence of commensal microbes on immune homeostasis, anti-tumor immunity, and metastasis

  • Tung, Kenneth S.

    Mechanisms of Tolerance and Autoimmunity to Gonad-Specific Antigens

  • Woodfolk, Judith A.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of allergic disease in humans.

  • Zang, Chongzhi

    Bioinformatics methodology development; Epigenetics and chromatin biology; Transcriptional regulation; Cancer genomics and epigenomics; Statistical methods for biomedical data integration; Theoretical and computational biophysics

  • Zeichner, Steven L.

    Pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the development of new therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancers.

  • Zimring, James C

    Alloimmunity in Transfusion and Transplantation , Oxidant Stress Biology in Health and Disease

  • Zunder, Eli

    Stem Cell Behavior