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Principal Investigators

Deborah FowellDeborah Fowell, Ph.D.

  • Education: B.S. Bristol University, UK; Ph.D. (D.Phil.) Oxford University, UK; Post-doc UCSF
  • Lab: Deb Fowell
  • T32 association: Mentor since 2004, Director 2018-present
  • Research Interests:  I’m interested in CD4 T cell function at sites of inflammation.  Using intravital imaging and optogenetic approaches, we explore how T cells (and other immune subsets) are recruited, retained and exit inflamed sites, how they navigate and position themselves in the inflammatory milieu and how their function is modified by the surrounding microenvironment.  Identifying key regulators in these processes should provide new therapeutic targets to boost immunity in infection and cancer and mitigate inflammation in chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
  • Best Immune cell/favorite factor:  CD4 T cells – the orchestrators of the immune response
  • Fun fact:  I was once chased by an angry hippo in Kenya
  • Beyond the lab: Baking, hiking, swimming, reading a book on the beach and binge-watching English detective shows on Netflix

Jacques RobertJacques Robert, Ph.D.

  • Education: B.S. University of Geneva, Switzerland; Ph.D. University of Geneva, Switzerland; Post-doc Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel , Switzerland
  • Lab: Robert Jumping Frog lab
  • T32 association: Mentor since 2000, Associate Director 2018-present
  • Research Interests:  I’m interested by developmental and evolutionary aspects of immune surveillance, tumor and microbial immunity using the amphibian Xenopus as animal model. My lab has recently unveiled the importance of MHC class I-like restricted innate-like T cells outside mammals, particularly during early development and during immune responses against pox-like ranavirus (Iridoviridae) and mycobacteria. My lab is also interested in long-term effects of water pollutants on immune cell development and on immune homeostasis and antiviral immunity across the lifespan.
  • Best Immune cell/favorite factor:  innate-like T cells – a potential T cell forerunner in evolution of immune system
  • Fun fact:  I started adventure in science by collecting spiders and other little funny creatures in East Asia for the Natural History Museum of Geneva, following the path of Alfred Wallace, the famous naturalist who authored with Charles Darwin the first paper on evolution through natural selection.
  • Beyond the lab: Hiking, playing volley ball, reading books, passionate about opera and classical music.

Steering Committee

Edith LordEdith Lord, Ph.D.

Tim MosmannTim Mosmann, Ph.D.

Steve GeorasSteve Georas, M.D.

Andrea SantAndrea Sant, Ph.D.

Scott GerberScott Gerber, Ph.D.

External Advisory Board (EAB)

John Harty Ph.D.

Avery August Ph.D.

Sharon Evans Ph.D.

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg Ph.D.

Student Liaison

Taylor Uccello