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We use a broad variety of approaches to address innate immune pathways in the respiratory tract. This includes molecular techniques, mouse models, translational studies, and patient-oriented research. Researchers at all levels benefit from this breadth, and from working in a group of highly collaborative colleagues including both MDs and PhDs at all stages of development. We are located in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities on the 5th floor of the newly constructed BWH Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. The floor is home to the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Division and the Jeff and Penny Vinik Center for Translational Immunology Research within the BWH Department of Medicine. Research within the section includes mechanisms of inflammation, eicosanoid biology, immunoregulation, mucosal and lymphocyte biology, genomic medicine, clinical trials, and population research. Trainees, junior investigators, and seasoned researchers enjoy a highly collaborative environment including joint research seminars, journal clubs, and meetings that include the labs of Joshua Boyce, Tanya Laidlaw, Duane Wesemann, Patrick Brennan, Barbara Balestrieri, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, Dan Dwyer, and Lora Bankova.


Students and postdoctoral fellows also benefit from several outstanding seminar series featuring internationally-recognized speakers including the Seminars in Molecular and Genomic Medicine, hosted by the BWH Department of Genetics and the Wednesday Immunology Seminar Series, hosted by the Harvard Medical School Committee on Immunology. Additionally, the close proximity to the Channing Division of Network MedicineHarvard Medical School Division of Immunology, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health promotes fruitful collaborations and training opportunities. Trainees are also exposed to projects in the larger cross-institution research initiatives that we participate in, listed below.

  • The Brigham Asthma Collaborative Research Group is a group of immunologists, airway biologists and researchers pursuing genomics, metabolomics, database research, and clinical trials, who share and facilitate research on asthma.
  • The Brigham Research Institute Lung Center is designed to enhance, synergize, and stimulate interdepartmental and individual research programs on lung disease across the hospital.
  • The Severe Asthma Program, part of the Partners Asthma Center, brings together a team of allergists and pulmonologists who work in collaboration with specialists in Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, and Psychiatry to help manage patients whose asthma has been difficult to control with conventional therapy.

We believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment elevates us all, and enables the learning, collaborating, and discovering that is the center of what we do. We commit to fostering this environment, to creating a space where mistakes are a learning opportunity, and to working actively to overcome intolerance.

Inspired by Sammy Katta

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