Section Editors

Section Board for 'Immunological Responses and Immune Defense Mechanisms' (49)

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Prof. Dr. Hinh Ly
Section Editor-in-Chief
Department of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN 55455, USA
Interests: hemorrhagic fever viruses; arenaviruses; Lassa fever; host-virus interactions; innate immunity; viral pathogenesis and host defense
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Dr. Robbie B. Mailliard
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology​, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Interests: anti-viral immunity; HIV infection; immune dysfunction; immune crosstalk between DCs, T cells, and NK cells; the development of cellular immunotherapies to treat chronic diseases including HIV and cancer
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Prof. Dr. Byung S. Kim
Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Interests: autoimmune diseases; cytokines; immune regulation; nervous system diseases; viral pathogenesis
Dr. Uwe Fischer
Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Institute of Infectology, 17493 Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
Interests: fish immunology; cell-mediated immune responses in fish; teleost cytotoxic T cells and NK cells; fish vaccination; fish cytokines; fish viruses; diagnostics of notifiable fish diseases
Prof. Dr. Song Jianxun
Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX 77807, USA
Interests: T cell biology; T cell-based immunotherapy; Cell metabolism
Prof. Dr. Laurel L. Lenz
Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
Interests: innate immunity; myeloid cells; natural killer cells; bacterial infections; Listeria monocytogenes; Streptococcus pneumonia; coinfections; cytokines; interferons
Prof. Dr. Leonardo A. Sechi
Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, Italy
Interests: molecular bacteriology; medical microbiology; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; primer; autoimmune disease; microbial genetics; antigen; microbial pathogenesis; bacteriophage; virulence factors; nervous system autoimmune diseases; Mycobacteria; Crohn’s disease; molecular pathogenesis; cerebrospinal fluid; bionumerics; Mycobacterium avium; myelin basic proteins; Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis
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Prof. Dr. Søren Skov
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Interests: host pathogen interaction; immunometabolism; T cell regulation and biology; macrophage regulation and biology; NK cell regulation and biology
Prof. Dr. Franco Pandolfi
1. Post Graduate School in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
2. Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
Interests: clinical immunology; molecular immunology; primary immunodeficiency diseases; acquired immunodeficiencies; T-lymphocytes; cytokines; lymphoproliferative disorders; microbiota; primary and acquired immunodeficiencies; cancer immunology; covid immunology lymphoproliferative diseases
Prof. Dr. Carsten Münk
Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Interests: HIV; retroviruses; restriction factors; innate Sensing; antiviral deaminases
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Dr. Tonyia D. Eaves-Pyles
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555-1019, USA
Interests: The importance of the gut microbiome and it’s effect on health and disease states and trauma; Currently focuses on understanding what constitutes balanced/beneficial immune responses to combat pathogen-induced hyper-inflammation resulting in host morbidity and morbidity; human cystatins
Dr. Claudia Matteucci
Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale e Chirurgia, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Interests: Apoptosis Assays; Cell Culture; Flow Cytometry; Protein Expression; Immune Response; Microbiology; Apoptosis; Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell and Cancer Biology
Dr. Ashok Kumar
Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Interests: Ocular infections; Innate Immunity; Inflammation; Toll-like receptor; Host defense mechanisms; Microbial Pathogenesis; Animal models of infectious diseases
Dr. Tommy Alain
Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Interests: virology; innate immune responses; cell biology; oncology; mRNA translation; microbiology
Prof. Dr. Alexander Bukreyev
Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology, Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77555, USA
Interests: RNA viruses; immunopathogenesis; immune response; vaccines; antibodies
Dr. Qingfeng Chen
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 138632, Singapore
Interests: Humanized mouse models; infectious diseases; immune-oncology; metabolism; autoimmunity
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Prof. Dr. Antonio Mastino
Institute of Translational Pharmacology CNR, Rome 00133, Italy
Interests: Virus/host interactions; innate immunity to infections; apoptosis; autophagy; herpesviruses; human retroviruses; antiviral therapy
Dr. Mariela Segura
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
Interests: study the cellular and molecular basis of innate and adaptive immunity to capsular polysaccharides of pathogenic bacteria and the role of dendritic cells (DCs) in orchestrating these responses; special interest on Streptococcus suis research and vaccine development
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Prof. Dr. Sven Saussez
Department of Human Anatomy and Experimental Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Mons, Mons, Belgium
Interests: cancer; biology; head and neck; oncoimmunology; prognostic; immunotherapy
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Dr. Michael T. Bailey
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, 700 Children's Drive, W410 Columbus, OH 43205, USA
Interests: bidirectional interactions between host physiology and the microbes that naturally reside within the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., the gut microbiota)
Prof. Dr. Falko Fend
Department of Pathology, University Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany
Interests: the pathology and molecular genetics of malignant lymphomas and innovative molecular pathology
Prof. Dr. William C. Gause
Department of Medicine, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 185 South Orange Avenue, MSB, Room F-607D, Newark, NJ 07101, USA
Interests: immunology; infectious disease; parasitic infections; Th2-based immune responses; Co-stimulatory molecules;Ag-specific T cell development; application of imaging technology; interleukin-4; interleukin-13; pathogenic mechanisms
Dr. Jean-Pierre Gorvel
Centre d'immunologie de Marseille Luminy, Case 906, 13288 Marseille, CEDEX 09, France
Interests: intracellular pathogens; membrane trafficking; immune response; brucella; salmonella; mycobacterium
Prof. Dr. Sudhir Gupta
Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of California at Irvine Medical Sciences I, C-240 Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Interests: Immunology: Dendritic cell biology, Regulatory T cells, Apoptosis
Dr. Ramin M. Hakami
National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, College of Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Interests: Mechanisms of innate immune regulation by exosomes and other extracellular vesicles during infection with pathogenic agents; Exosome-autophagy interplay
Dr. Bryan Heit
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Western University, Health Sciences Addition H320, Dock 15 London, ON, Canada
Interests: apoptosis; inflammation; macropahges; staphylococcus aureus; phagocytosis
Dr. Sarah Jackson
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Cambridge Infectious Diseases, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Interests: Cytomegalovirus; herpes viruses; immune response; Host-Pathogen Interaction; T-Cells; Immunology; Infection; viral immunology; immune senescence
Prof. Dr. Tammy Kielian
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68198 USA
Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, Staphylococcus aureus, biofilm, immunology/innate immunity
Prof. Dr. Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
Section of Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland
Interests: immunology to fungal infections (Candida, Malassezia); host-pathogen interactions in barrier tissues (skin, oral mucosa); IL-17 immunity; skin allergy
Prof. Dr. Xin Li
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Michael Smith Laboratories/Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
Interests: plant immune responses; NLR mediated plant immunity
Dr. Nick R. Waterfield
Division of Biomedical Sciences, Warwick Medical School, Medical School Building, The University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
Interests: invertebrate pathogens; toxin secretion and delivery systems; toxins; natural products; innate immunity
Dr. Guolong Zhang
Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Interests: innate immunity; host defense peptides; antibiotic alternatives
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Dr. Benoit Malleret
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Interests: Infectious diseases and Immunity
Dr. Eric Baranowski
Host-Pathogen Interaction Unit, Animal Health Division, INRAE, ENVT,Toulouse, France
Interests: Adaptation strategies of minimal pathogens with focus on mycoplasmas and viral quasispecies
Prof. Dr. Neil Foster
Head of Veterinary and Animal Science, SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Craibstone Estate, Ferguson Building, Aberdeen, AB21 9YA, UK
Interests: innate immune responses to microbial infections; inflammation and immunomodulation; development of biomarkers of disease
Dr. Christopher J. Coates
Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales UK
Interests: invertebrate immunology; oxygen binding & transport proteins; shellfish health & disease; melanin-associated defences; cryptides; insects as disease models
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Prof. Dr. Maria Filippa Addis
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Interests: veterinary infectious diseases; veterinary immunodiagnostics; animal and microbial proteomics; dairy ruminant mastitis; animal microbiome
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Prof. Dr. Xiao-Feng Yang
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Interests: Vascular immunology and atherosclerosis; Immunometabolism; Epigenetic pathology
Dr. Alexander David Barrow
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Interests: poxvirus; skin infection and repair; growth factors; cytokines; chemokines
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Prof. Dr. Sergio Costa Oliveira
Departmento de Bioquimica e Imunologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901 Salvador, Brazil
Interests: innate immunity; inflammasomes; cytosolic sensors; STING; caspase-11
Dr. Jorge Luis Espinoza
Department of Hematology and RheumatoDepartment of Hematology and Rheumatology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, 377-2, Ohno-Higashi, Osaka-Sayama, Osaka 577-8502, Japan
Interests: hematology and Oncology; microbe-induced carcinogenesis; cancer drug discovery; parasitic infections; opportunistic microorganisms; immunology; microbiota; infectious diseases; artificial intelligence and medical Sciences
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Prof. Dr. Eric Holub
School of Life Sciences, Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
Interests: Plant innate immunity (R-gene mediated resistance and pathogen avirulence); crop pathology and breeding (legumes and brassicas); sustainable food systems
Dr. Barun Poudel
Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
Interests: immunology; cancer biology; molecular biology; extracellular matrix components signaling; innate immunity
Dr. Justin M. Richner
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612-7342, USA
Interests: Immune senescence, viral immunity, flaviviruses
Prof. Dr. Maria S. Salvato
Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Interests: Hemorrhagic fever; Lassa virus; vaccines; transcriptome profiles; animal models; primates; murine models; virus-specific immunity; innate signaling
Dr. Carlos Henrique Serezani
School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232, USA
Interests: Diabetes, obesity, skin infection, sepsis. innate immunity, macrophage, neutrophil, host defense, microRNAs, lung injury, epigenetic, immunometabolism, abscess, immunotherapy
Prof. Dr. William M. Shafer
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
Interests: Bacterial resistance to innate host defense systems and vaccine development
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Dr. Igor Splichal
Laboratory of Gnotobiology, Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, 549 22 Novy Hradek, Czech Republic
Interests: Salmonella, host-pathogen interactions, innate immunity, cytokines, HMGB1, Toll-like receptors, inflammasome, immunocompromised preterm host, gnotobiotic animal models
Dr. Silvia M. Uriarte
Department of Surgery, University of Louisville, Baxter I Bldg., Room 221F, 570 South Preston St., Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Interests: Neutrophil effector functions, Oral pathogens, periodontitis, innate immunity, innate immune evasion strategies by oral pathogens
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