The David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology (CVBI) was formed in 1998 as part of the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The Center includes 11 faculty members, ~18 graduate students, 9 post-doctoral fellows, ~20 research, administrative and support staff and ~9 undergraduate and medical students working in labs. About 10% of our faculty have an M.D. and 90% a Ph.D. with a few individuals also holding joint appointments in other departments within the School.
Investigators in the Center have research areas that focus on many areas of immunology, including T cell activation and differentiation, T cell memory and homing, MHC class II -restricted antigen presentation, T cell responses to pathogenic organisms and T cell-mediated autoimmunity. These varied research programs seek to dissect key regulatory events that control protective and pathogenic immune responses.