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About Us

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
  • 15 graduate students
  • 3 post-doctoral fellows
  • ~20 research administrative and support staff
  • 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.