Research

The laboratories supervised by the full-time faculty focus primarily on immunologic mechanisms and disorders; some of the major areas of interest currently include:

  • B and T cell growth and differentiation;
  • tumor immunology;
  • control mechanisms of immunoglobulin production;
  • mucosal antigen presentation;
  • regulation of lymphokine and monokine production;
  • immunodeficiency;
  • respiratory epithelial cell antigen presentation;
  • monocyte/macrophage function in HIV infection;
  • T cell immunophenotypic changes in HIV-1 infection;
  • murine models of airway hyper-reactivity;
  • allergen characterization and 
  • plasmid DNA vaccines. 

The division is also supported by a large, state-of-the-art Flow Cytometry facility, an Immunology Diagnostic Testing lab, the Core Research Facilities, and extensive computer services, including access to medical search services and internet resources.