Immunity and Pathogenesis Program

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Disease and the immune response

Pathogenesis—literally how disease (pathos) begins (genesis) or develops—is a broad and important area of research.

Many diseases can arise from pathogens, but the immune system protects us through various lines of defense. If the immune system fails to function properly and becomes too weak or too strong, it can lead to disease states that include immunodeficiencies that lead to enhanced susceptibly to infections disease, autoimmune conditions, such as lupus and arthritis, and even cancer. 

Director's statement

Our focus is on understanding the regulation and interplay of host immune responses and microbial pathogenesis. We study pathogen-host interactions, innate and humoral immunity, inflammation and T cell checkpoint regulation. A better understanding of these aspects of the immune system will provide novel therapeutic opportunities to address many unmet medical needs, including the treatment of endemic and pandemic infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, cancer and inflammatory diseases.

Jamey Marth, Ph.D., Program Director


Research Assistant Professors

Dmitry Rodionov, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professors

Tim Cheung, Ph.D.


Realigning the LIGHT signaling network to control dysregulated inflammation.

Ware CF, Croft M, Neil GA

J Exp Med 2022 Jul 4 ;219(7)

Shared and Unique Evolutionary Trajectories to Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Gram-Negative Bacterial Pathogens.

Zlamal JE, Leyn SA, Iyer M, Elane ML, Wong NA, Wamsley JW, Vercruysse M, Garcia-Alcalde F, Osterman AL

mBio 2021 Jun 29 ;12(3):e0098721

Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis at the Crossroads between Muscle Degeneration, Inflammation, and Aging.

Guglielmi V, Cheli M, Tonin P, Vattemi G

Int J Mol Sci 2024 Feb 27 ;25(5)

The Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibody Bamlanivimab Does Not Enhance SARS-CoV-2 Infection by FcR-Mediated Mechanisms.

Cross RW, Wiethoff CM, Brown-Augsburger P, Berens S, Blackbourne J, Liu L, Wu X, Tetreault J, Dodd C, Sina R, Witcher DR, Newcomb D, Frost D, Wilcox A, Borisevich V, Agans KN, Woolsey C, Prasad AN, Deer DJ, Geisbert JB, Dobias NS, Fenton KA, Strifler B, Ebert P, Higgs R, Beall A, Chanda S, Riva L, Yin X, Geisbert TW

Pathogens 2023 Nov 30 ;12(12)

Proteomic and genetic analyses of influenza A viruses identify pan-viral host targets.

Haas KM, McGregor MJ, Bouhaddou M, Polacco BJ, Kim EY, Nguyen TT, Newton BW, Urbanowski M, Kim H, Williams MAP, Rezelj VV, Hardy A, Fossati A, Stevenson EJ, Sukerman E, Kim T, Penugonda S, Moreno E, Braberg H, Zhou Y, Metreveli G, Harjai B, Tummino TA, Melnyk JE, Soucheray M, Batra J, Pache L, Martin-Sancho L, Carlson-Stevermer J, Jureka AS, Basler CF, Shokat KM, Shoichet BK, Shriver LP, Johnson JR, Shaw ML, Chanda SK, Roden DM, Carter TC, Kottyan LC, Chisholm RL, Pacheco JA, Smith ME, Schrodi SJ, Albrecht RA, Vignuzzi M, Zuliani-Alvarez L, Swaney DL, Eckhardt M, Wolinsky SM, White KM, Hultquist JF, Kaake RM, García-Sastre A, Krogan NJ

Nat Commun 2023 Sep 27 ;14(1):6030

PSGL-1 attenuates early TCR signaling to suppress CD8(+) T cell progenitor differentiation and elicit terminal CD8(+) T cell exhaustion.

Hope JL, Otero DC, Bae EA, Stairiker CJ, Palete AB, Faso HA, Lin M, Henriquez ML, Roy S, Seo H, Lei X, Wang ES, Chow S, Tinoco R, Daniels GA, Yip K, Campos AR, Yin J, Adams PD, Rao A, Bradley LM

Cell Rep 2023 May 30 ;42(5):112436

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

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