Cecil Czerkinsky Institut de Pharmacologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire UMR 7275 CNRS-INSERM-UNISA 660 Route des Lucioles Valbonne, 06560 France Biography
Biography of Cecil Czerkinsky
Dr. Czerkinsky is currently Research Director at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, a research organization spearheaded by the French National Research Council (CNRS), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the University of Nice at Sophia Antipolis (France). He previously served as Deputy Director General and Head of R&D at the International Vaccine Institute (Seoul, South Korea) and as Professor at Seoul National University, Korea University, and Göteborg University (Sweden). He has authored more than 180 scientific publications and is an inventor of more than 20 patents in the field of immunology and vaccine science.
S. Gupta University of California Irvine, CA USA
M. Emoto Gunma University School of Health Sciences Gunma Japan Biography
Biography of M. Emoto
He is now a professor of Gunma University Graduate School of Health Sciences in Japan. He got the professorship in 1993 and his main research theme is NKT cells. Before coming back to Japan, he has worked at Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany as a higher ranking senior scientist approx. 10 years with Prof. Dr. Stefan H. E. Kaufman, who was a president of International Union of Immunological societies, and published many articles in prestigious journals with high impact factor. Although he is an associate editor in this journal, he also serves as editors in more than 40 journals including Editor-in-Chief. He has concentrated on identification of new natural ligand(s) for invariant NKT cells and nowadays he has succeeded to determine their chemical structures. Thus, he is a leading scientist in the field of NKT cells.
C.A. Guzman Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research Braunschweig Germany Biography
Biography of C.A. Guzman
Prof. Guzmán graduated as Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MD) and Doctorate of Research in Microbiological Sciences (PhD) from the University of Genoa, Italy. He is currently an APL-Professor at the Medical School of Hannover, Germany and Head of the Department of Vaccinology and Applied Microbiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany. He has been working in the field of Vaccinology since 1989 with the specific goal of establishing tools and strategies to prevent infectious diseases. His work has been instrumental for the development of new adjuvants, antigen delivery systems and preclinical validation models, leading to more than 200 articles and several international patents.
H. Umehara Nagahama City Hospital Oinuicho Nagahama Shiga Japan Biography
Biography of H. Umehara
Dr. Umehara is Director of North County Center for RA and Autoimmune Diseases (NCC-RA2ID), Hayashi Hospital. He is a Rheumatologist with wide knowledge of Clinical and Basic Immunology. Previously, Dr. Umehara was professor and chairman, Kanazawa Medical University, and served as the Japanese director of Sjögren’s International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) during 2006 to 2014. He was also a chairman of All Japan IgG4-RD team by Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan (2011-2013) and published comprehensive diagnostic criteria for IgG4-RD, 2011.
Editorial Board Members
S. Bondada University Kentucky Lexington, KY USA Biography
Biography of S. Bondada
Dr. Subbarao Bondada is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He obtained his Ph. D. from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. He has authored more than 130 scientific publications. His research is focused on activation of normal B lymphocytes and growth regulation of malignant B cells. He is currently an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Immunology and PLOS One.
Robert K. Bright Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock United States Biography
Biography of Robert K. Bright
Dr. Bright is a Professor of Immunology in the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He earned a PhD from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in 1994, and was awarded an Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship to study tumor immunology in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH. He has more than 20 years of experience in research focusing on tumor immunity, has been funded by the NIH, the American Cancer Society and the DOD CDMRP, and has over 90 publications in the area of tumor immunology and tumor vaccines.
P. Błyszczuk Jagiellonian University Cracow Poland Biography
Biography of P. Błyszczuk
After getting my MSc. title in biochemistry at the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland) in 2000, I completed my PhD in 2004 at the IPK Gatersleben (Germany) for my work on embryonic stem cells. Next, I moved to Switzerland and worked at the University Hospital Basel and University of Zurich as a post-doctoral fellow in the field of heart-specific autoimmunity and myocarditis. In 2015, I established my research group at the Jagiellonian University Medical College and continue my work on myocarditis.
G. Casorati DIBIT, San Raffaele Scientific Institute Milano Italy
J. Chan Albert Einstein College Bronx, NY USA Biography
Biography of J. Chan
John Chan received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then did a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is currently professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research focuses on the interaction between Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, and its host, with the goals of understanding the lung immune response to the tubercle bacillus, deciphering the mechanisms by which this pathogen evades host defense to enter a latent state and subsequently reactivates, and developing novel effective anti-tuberculosis interventions including vaccines.
T.C Chiles Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA USA
Y. Choi University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA USA
P. Cohen University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA USA
D. Conrad Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA USA
G. Deniz Institute of Experimental Medicine Istanbul University, Istanbul Turkey Biography
Biography of G. Deniz
Dr. Gunnur Deniz is a Professor of Department of Immunology, Institute of Experimental Medicine (DETAE), Istanbul University, Istanbul. She is graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology in 1985 and received her M.Sc. degree in Physiology in 1989. Between 1990-1994 she was granted by the Turkish Republic Higher Education Council (YÖK) with a PhD fellowship to study at the Department of Immunology, University of Liverpool and received her PhD degree in immunology in 1994. She is the chairman of the Immunology Department at DETAE since 2002, and has also been working as a Vice President of DETAE since 2005. Since 2006 she is the President of the Turkish Society of Immunology. Most of her work is focused on functional and phenotypical characterization of NK cells, primary immunodeficiencies, allergy and immunohematology.
B Diamond The Feinstein Institute Medical Research Manhasset, NY USA Biography
Biography of B Diamond
Betty Diamond received her MD from Harvard Medical School and performed a residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She received her rheumatology training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been Chief of Rheumatology at Albert Einstein and Columbia University and is currently Head of the Center of Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Her research has focused on the induction and pathogenicity of autoantibodies in SLE. Most recently, she has become interested in the anti-inflammatory effects of C1q. In recent years, she has also become involved in clinical trials in SLE and has led several clinical trials of novel therapeutics.
She has served on several committees of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and has served on the Board of Directors as well. She has received the Outstanding Investigator and the Mentoring award of ACR. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and past president of the American Association of Immunologists.
R. Dziarski Indiana University School of Medicine Gary, IN USA
S. Elsawa Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL USA
P. Ferrier Aix-Marseille University UM2 Marseille France
K. Fujihashi The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL USA Biography
Biography of K. Fujihashi
Dr. Kohtaro Fujihashi, D.D.S., Ph.D. is a Professor, Departments Pediatric Dentistry and Microbiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been studying T cell immunoregulatory mechanisms in the induction of secretory IgA (SIgA) immunity and oral tolerance for over two decades. During the past five years, his laboratory has extensively assessed mucosal immunity in aging. This work holds promise since nasal vaccine delivery with novel innate immune stimulants, can elicit significant immunity in the upper respiratory tract even in aging. He has published more than 200 scientific publications.
W.R. Heath The University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC Australia Biography
Biography of W.R. Heath
Professor William Heath obtained a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Currently, he is a Professor and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, within the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 220 papers, with a total of more than 20,000 citations and was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008.
C. Hunter University Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA USA
N. Isakov Ben Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva Israel Biography
Biography of N. Isakov
Noah Isakov is a Professor of Immunology in the Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer Sheva, Israel, where he holds the Joseph H Krupp Chair in Cancer Immunobiology. He obtained his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel (1981) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN (1981-1983) and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA (1983-1987). He performed sabbaticals at the NICHD, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD (1993-1995), the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK (2003-2004), where he held the Esther Greenberg Honors Chair in Biomedical Research, and the Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand (2015).
J.R. Klein University of Texas HSC - Houston Houston, TX USA
Dr. Klinman is a Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute. He received his MD/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the NCI in 2007 after 18 years at the FDA. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, received the FDA’s “Outstanding Scientist of the Year” Award, the “Outstanding Achievement Award In Biology” from the Washington Academy of Science and the Distinguished Service Medal from the PHS. He's authored over 250 peer reviewed articles and holds numerous patents concerning CpG and immunosuppressive oligonucleotides. His research focuses on the use of these oligonucleotides to improve cancer immunotherapy.
P Kropf Imperial College London London UK Biography
Biography of P Kropf
Pascale Kropf did her PhD at Imperial College London on T helper cell responses in experimental leishmaniasis. She is a senior lecturer in Immunology at Imperial College London. The main focus of her work is dissecting the immunological mechanisms responsible for nonhealing human cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis in Ethiopia.
Gregory B. Lesinski Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Atlanta Georgia Biography
Biography of Gregory B. Lesinski
Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Lesinski's research is focused on gaining a greater understanding of the interactions between the host immune system and tumor cells. The ultimate goal is to use this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic or chemo-preventative approaches to help patients with cancer, and improve upon existing therapies. Of particular interest are modulation of cytokines and downstream signaling pathways to maximize the effect of immune based therapy.
C. Melief Leiden University Leiden The Netherlands Biography
Biography of C. Melief
Cornelis (Kees) JM Melief is emeritus professor at Leiden University and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of ISA Pharmaceuticals.
He has made many contributions to basic immunology and experimental and clinical tumor immunology. Recently effective immunotherapy of tumors with synthetic long peptides (SLP) was developed in mouse and rabbit models. This has led to the implementation of clinical trials in patients with cancer of viral and non-viral origin. Recently clinical effectiveness was shown in the treatment of patients with established lesions caused by high risk human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV 16).
S. Meri University of Helsinki Helsinki Finland Biography
Biography of S. Meri
Seppo Meri, MD, PhD is a Professor of Immunology at the Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki, and Chief Physician of Research in Microbiology at HUSLAB, laboratory of the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas in 1988 and in 1989-90 as an EMBO fellow at MRC, Cambridge, UK. He has published 240 original papers and 130 reviews or textbook chapters on complement, autoimmunity and microbial escape. His research interests include diseases related to disturbances in complement regulation (like hemolytic uremic syndrome), vascular damage and reasons for increased susceptibility to infections.
H. Moll University of Wuerzburg Wuerzburg Germany Biography
Biography of H. Moll
Heidrun Moll performed her doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg, and her post-doctoral training was at WEHI in Melbourne. She was assistant professor at the University of Erlangen Medical School and moved to the then newly established Research Center for Infectious Diseases, Würzburg. Since 1995, she is professor at the University of Würzburg Medical School, and head of the Infection Immunology Unit. Furthermore, she is member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Robert Koch Foundation. Her scientific achievements were honored with the Siebold Nagasaki Medical Award, and in 2016, with the Rudolf-Leuckart Award.
M Moser Graz University Graz Austria
I. Muller Imperial College London London UK
Pearay L. Ogra Children's Hospital of Buffalo Buffalo New York
P Ohashi Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Toronto, Ontario Canada Biography
Biography of P Ohashi
Dr. Ohashi received her Ph.D from the University of Toronto with Dr. Tak Mak, and did her post-doctoral training at the University of Zurich with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Zinkernagel, and Dr. Hans Hengartner. She is the co-Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her interests are understanding T cell tolerance, strategies to promote tissue specific immune responses and translating these findings to clinical trials.
T.H. Ottenhoff Leiden University Leiden The Netherlands
A. Perl SUNY Syracuse College Medicine Syracuse, NY USA Biography
Biography of A. Perl
Andras Perl received his MD and PhD from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He was trained in Internal Medicine at Semmelweis and Rheumatology/Immunology at the University of Rochester. He held faculty positions at Semmelweis, the University of Rochester, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, and the State University of New York (SUNY). He has been Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology since 1997, Chief of Rheumatology since 2001 at SUNY. His team has identified disease susceptibility genes that regulate mitochondrial homeostasis and cell death signal processing in mouse models and patients with autoimmunity, cancer, metabolic diseases, which led to successful clinical trials.
R. Phipps University Rochester School Medicine & Dentistry Rochester, NY USA Biography
Biography of R. Phipps
Dr. R. P. Phipps earned his B.S.M.T. in medical technology and graduated magna cum
laude at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland. Upon completion of his doctorate degree in
Microbiology/Immunology, from the Medical College of Virginia, he held postdoctoral
fellowships at the Medical College of Virginia and Duke University. In 1983 Dr. Phipps
joined the faculty at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Phipps has been awarded six patents; 4 on bacterial auto inducer molecules, 1 on platelet production and 1 on methods to
treat thyroid eye disease. Dr. Phipps has received numerous awards and honors including the Arthur Kornberg Research
Award, Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation Faculty Scholar, and the University of Rochester Pre and Postdoctoral Student
Mentoring Award. Dr. Phipps has dedicated his career to advancing biomedical research.
C.D. Platsoucas Old Dominion University Norfolk, CA USA
A. Rasley Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA USA Biography
Biography of A. Rasley
Dr. Rasley obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she studied innate immune responses in the central nervous system. She is currently a Senior Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where much of her research has focused on host-pathogen interactions and nanoparticle mediated immune modulation strategies for infectious diseases. Dr. Rasley is also part of the management team at LLNL overseeing work with pathogens that require advanced biosafety containment.
P. Ricciardi-Castagnoli University Milano Bicocca Milan Italy
C.R Rinaldo University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public Health Pittsburgh, PA USA Biography
Biography of C.R Rinaldo
Dr. Rinaldo is Chairman and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Professor of Pathology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been the Principal Investigator for the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study clinical site in Pittsburgh since 1983, which investigates the natural history of HIV-1 infection in men who have sex with men. He also leads an Immunology Specialty Laboratory in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He has more than 360 scientific publications. He has served nationally on NIH committees and editorial boards, and was honored with a MERIT award from the NIH for support of his HIV research in 2004.
P.J Rossman University Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA USA
A. Rudensky University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA USA Biography
Biography of A. Rudensky
Alexander Rudensky is Chairman of the Immunology Program and Director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Immunotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a Tri‐Institutional Professor at MSKCC, the Rockefeller University and Cornell University, and Professor at Gerstner School of Graduate Studies and at Weill‐Cornell Medical School. Dr. Rudensky is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of immune regulation, where he has made numerous seminal discoveries including the identification of the molecular mechanisms of regulatory T cell differentiation. Dr. Rudensky was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012, the American Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. He is the recipient of the Searle Scholar Award and more recently the Coley Award for Basic Science
D. Sacks Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIAID Bethesda, MD USA
M. Sandor University Wisconsin Madison, WI USA
J. Schaefer University of Texas HSC at Houston School of Dentistry Houston, TX USA
Dr. Shevach received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Boston University. He is presently Chief, Cellular Immunology Section, Laboratory of Immunology. Dr. Shevach is the author of over 440 papers in the field of Immunology and his research interests over the years have included antigen presentation and processing, T lymphocyte activation, pathogenesis of autoimmunity, and most recently the role of regulatory T cells in immune responses. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immunology from 1987 to 1992 and as Editor-in-Chief of Cellular Immunology from 1996 to 2007. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals including Immunity, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Human Immunology.
S. Singh Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh India Biography
Biography of S. Singh
Am presently the Chair, Department of Pediatrics and heading the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit at the Advanced Pediatrics Center in PGI, Chandigarh, India. Am also the Principal Investigator for Centre for Advanced Research in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, PGI Chandigarh.
Awarded James Flett Endowment Prize and Gold Medal (1985) by Indian Academy of Pediatrics; Zydus Oration (2003) and IRA Oration (2010) by Indian Rheumatology Association; Von Pirquet Oration (2003) and V. Raju Gold Medal (2004) by Indian College of Allergy and Applied Immunology; Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Awards (2009 and 2011) by Indian Council of Medical Research.
S Sozzani University of Brescia Milan Italy
P. Srivastava University Connecticut Farmington, CT USA Biography
Biography of P. Srivastava
Research interests: Our laboratory’s research interests lie in antigen presentation by MHC molecules, and immune response to cancer. Our laboratory has developed innovative approaches for therapy of cancer, infections and autoimmune disorders. It is our view that the HSP-peptide interaction is an evolutionary precursor to the MHC-peptide interaction and lies at the center of a wide array of immunological phenomena. More recently, we have been involved in genomic analysis of tumors as a tool to define the “immunomes” of mouse and human cancers.
Clinical interests: Personalized, individual-specific genomics-driven Immunotherapy of epithelial ovarian cancers.
S.-C Sun The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX USA Biography
Biography of S.-C Sun
Shao-Cong Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from Stockholm University and pursued postdoctoral training at The Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, University of California at San Francisco. He is a professor and endowed chair in Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he also serves as the director of Center for Inflammation and Cancer. His major contributions include demonstration of IkBa degradation in NF-kB activation, discovery of noncanonical NF-kB pathway, and seminal findings of in vivo functions of ubiquitination in regulating T-cell activation and tolerance. He has published more than 150 scientific papers.
S. Swain Trudeau Institute Inc., Saranac Lake, NY USA
D. Taub National Institute of Health Baltimore, MD USA
A.W. Taylor-Robinson Central Queensland University Brisbane Australia Biography
Biography of A.W. Taylor-Robinson
Dr Taylor-Robinson received a BSc in medical microbiology (immunology major) from University College London and a PhD in parasite immunology from the University of Glasgow for work on cellular immunity to malaria. He has 30 years’ research experience of infectious disease immunology, with a focus on malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases, now covering Zika. He is currently Professor of Immunology & Haematology at Central Queensland University where he investigates pathogens affecting human wellbeing in rural Australia. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal.
A. Vallejo Hospital Virgen Rocio Seville Spain
T. Whiteside University Pittsburgh Canc. Institute Pittsburgh, PA USA Biography
Biography of T. Whiteside
Dr. Theresa Whiteside is a Professor of Pathology, Otolaryngology and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh and member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She is a recognized expert in immune monitoring of patients with cancer and has authored over 575 peer-reviewed publications and 127 chapters as well as a book on human tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, also co-editing several scientific books. She has trained 94 post-doctoral fellows from the United States and abroad.
Her research interests include tumor immunology and immunotherapy. Currently, she is investigating the role of regulatory T cells in cancer progression as well as contributions of tumor-derived exosomes (TEX) to dysfunction of CD8+ effector cells in the peripheral circulation of patients with cancer and in the tumor microenvironment.
Yuzhang Wu Third Military Medical University Chongqing China Biography
Biography of Yuzhang Wu
Dr. Wu obtained M.D. in Clinical Medicine from the Secondary Military Medical University, Shanghai, and Ph.D. in Immunology from the Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China. Currently, He is the Director of Institute of Immunology, PLA, China. He has published more than 200 SCI papers and is a named inventor of 90 issued patents.
L van Kaer Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, TN USA Biography
Biography of L van Kaer
Luc Van Kaer received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium) and performed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). He subsequently joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN), where he is currently Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. His research program focuses on the immunological functions of innate and innate-like lymphocytes. He previously served as a Section Editor and Deputy Editor with the Journal of Immunology and he currently serves as a Consulting Editor with the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He has been on the Editorial Board of Current Immunology Reviews since 2004.
Cecil Czerkinsky Institut de Pharmacologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire UMR 7275 CNRS-INSERM-UNISA 660 Route des Lucioles Valbonne, 06560 France