Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center

Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Infectious diseases continue to rank high among global mortality factors, especially in developing countries, and systemic inflammation has been identified as a root case of many chronic disorders in the developed world.

“We are in a new era of immunology research. Our increasing understanding of immune cells and their interactions is rapidly leading to new drugs that improve the efficacy of existing drugs and address unmet clinical needs of complex diseases, including cancer.”

Carl Ware, Ph.D., Center Director


Understanding the fundamentals of inflammation and immunity

Our primary mission is directed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of inflammation and immunity as the underlying processes essential to host defense and cancer, and the cause of pathologic tissue destruction in autoimmune disease.


Immunity and Pathogenesis Program

By studying how the immune system functions, we can design therapies to manipulate immune cells to fight disease.

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A signature of circulating inflammatory proteins and development of end-stage renal disease in diabetes.

Niewczas MA, Pavkov ME, Skupien J, Smiles A, Md Dom ZI, Wilson JM, Park J, Nair V, Schlafly A, Saulnier PJ, Satake E, Simeone CA, Shah H, Qiu C, Looker HC, Fiorina P, Ware CF, Sun JK, Doria A, Kretzler M, Susztak K, Duffin KL, Nelson RG, Krolewski AS

Nat Med 2019 May ;25(5):805-813

Novel Antimycobacterial Compounds Suppress NAD Biogenesis by Targeting a Unique Pocket of NaMN Adenylyltransferase.

Osterman AL, Rodionova I, Li X, Sergienko E, Ma CT, Catanzaro A, Pettigrove ME, Reed RW, Gupta R, Rohde KH, Korotkov KV, Sorci L

ACS Chem Biol 2019 May 17 ;14(5):949-958

Metascape provides a biologist-oriented resource for the analysis of systems-level datasets.

Zhou Y, Zhou B, Pache L, Chang M, Khodabakhshi AH, Tanaseichuk O, Benner C, Chanda SK

Nat Commun 2019 Apr 3 ;10(1):1523

HIV-1 gp120 protein promotes HAND through the calcineurin pathway activation.

Shrestha J, Santerre M, Allen CN, Arjona SP, Hooper R, Mukerjee R, Kaul M, Shcherbik N, Soboloff J, Sawaya BE

Mitochondrion 2023 Mar 15 ;70:31-40

Milk glycan metabolism by intestinal bifidobacteria: insights from comparative genomics.

Arzamasov AA, Osterman AL

Crit Rev Biochem Mol Biol 2023 Mar 3 ;:1-23

Addressing barriers in FAIR data practices for biomedical data.

Hughes LD, Tsueng G, DiGiovanna J, Horvath TD, Rasmussen LV, Savidge TC, Stoeger T, Turkarslan S, Wu Q, Wu C, Su AI, Pache L, NIAID Systems Biology Data Dissemination Working Group

Sci Data 2023 Feb 23 ;10(1):98

Developing a standardized but extendable framework to increase the findability of infectious disease datasets.

Tsueng G, Cano MAA, Bento J, Czech C, Kang M, Pache L, Rasmussen LV, Savidge TC, Starren J, Wu Q, Xin J, Yeaman MR, Zhou X, Su AI, Wu C, Brown L, Shabman RS, Hughes LD, NIAID Systems Biology Data Dissemination Working Group

Sci Data 2023 Feb 23 ;10(1):99

Identification of global inhibitors of cellular glycosylation.

Sørensen DM, Büll C, Madsen TD, Lira-Navarrete E, Clausen TM, Clark AE, Garretson AF, Karlsson R, Pijnenborg JFA, Yin X, Miller RL, Chanda SK, Boltje TJ, Schjoldager KT, Vakhrushev SY, Halim A, Esko JD, Carlin AF, Hurtado-Guerrero R, Weigert R, Clausen H, Narimatsu Y

Nat Commun 2023 Feb 20 ;14(1):948

Activation of the Interferon Pathway in Trophoblast Cells Productively Infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Kallol S, Martin-Sancho L, Morey R, Aisagbonhi O, Pizzo D, Meads M, Chanda SK, Soncin F

Stem Cells Dev 2023 Mar 22 ;

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