Committee on Immunology News

Graduating Students from the Committee on Immunology , Joanna Wroblewska (left) and Taylor Feehley (right) stand with faculty member, Cathy Nagler (middle) at the Division of Biological Sciences and Prtizker School of Medicines 527th Convocation held on June 11th.   

Congratulations to Kevin Muite

On Thursday, June 16th Kevin successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Lymphotoxin beta receptor regulates bacterial overgrowth and colonization resistance in the small intestine."

Congratulations to Joanna Wroblewska

On Tuesday, April 19th Joanna successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The lymphotoxin pathway mediates protective immunity againsta a bacterial pathogen."    Upon graduation she will be working at Boston Consulting Group in the Chicago Office.

Congratulations to Katie Block

Katies paper "Gut Microbiota Regulates K/BxN Autoimmune Arthritis through Follicular Helper T but Not Th17 Cells" has been published in the Journal of Immunology.

Congratulations to Taylor Feehley

On Friday, January 15th Taylor Feehley successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Commensal bacteria and their metabolites prevent sensitization to food allergens." Upon Graduation Taylor will be a post doc in Cathy Nagler's lab at the University of Chicago.   

Congratulations to Taylor Feehley

Taylor Feehley has been recognized by Forbes list of "30 under 30" for oustanding achievement in science!  Taylor was also featured in Science Life article, "Rising starin microbiome research focuses on basics in the lab."  on February 2.

Congratulations to Michael Burrows

On Tuesday, Nov. 3rd Michael Burrows successfully defended his dissertation entitled "The Microbiota Regulates Type 1 Diabetes Through Toll-like Receptor Signaling".  Upon graduation Michael will be working in biotech investing helping to create companies around novel discoveries in immunology.

Immunology Retreat

October 28-30, 2015 the Immunology programs at the University of Chicago and Washington University, St. Louis, met at the Marriott in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a scientifice retreat.  The schedule consisted of scientific talks (with keynotes by Albert Bendelac and Emil Unanue), poster sessions, and social activities.  The programs plan to make this a regular event in alternating years.  See pictures below.


Congratulations to Katie Block

On Monday, October 26th Katie Block successfully defended her dissertation entitled "“The Role of Tfh Cells, Th17 Cells, and the Gut Microbiota in Autoimmune Arthritis”.  Upon graduation Katie will be doing work as a postdoc.

First Years Attend Quantitative Boot Camp at Marine Biology Laboratories

Incoming graduate students gathered at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA for the BSD Quantitative Biology Boot Camp from September 4-11, 2015. Twelve hour days filled with tutorials on everything from R programming to analyzing microscope images to choosing a PI gave students the skills and knowledge they'll need to navigate their first year in grad school.

All students in the Biological Sciences Division attended this intensive course, designed to introduce students to concepts that will be beneficial to them in their thesis research.

One first year stated: "I would say the boot camp was full of challenges as well as excitement. I met a lot of new students from different programs, and it was interesting to see how we interpreted the same question from different and unique perspectives. Learning R language and different statistic models broadened my horizons, and equipped me with a new skill set for futher exploration of my research interests."

Beyond participation in classroom sessions, all students had an opportunity to go on Gemma, the MBL's collecting boat, as well as participate in social and team-building activities.

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 graduates!

Benjamin McDonald
(Bendelac lab)
"The Development of Unconventional Intestinal Intraepithelial Lymphocytes"
Post-graduation position: Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Tiffany Carr
(Kee lab)
"Analysis of the Contributions of LEF1 to iNKT Cell Development and T Cell Lymphomagenesis"
Post-graduation position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina

Joseph Pickard
(Chervonsky lab)
"Inducible Epithelial Fucosylation Maintains th eGut Microbiota"
Post-graduation position: Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago

Edwin Reyes
(Vander Griend lab)
"Function and Regulation of CD133 in Human Prostate Cancer and Circulating Tumor Cells"
Post-graduation position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Dana-Farber/Harvard Medical School, Cantor lab

Melissa Tjota
(Sperling lab)
"Activation of antigen presenting cells through FcRγ drives IL-33 dependent Th2-type responses in the lungs"
Post-graduation position: Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Kaval Kaur
(Wilson lab)
"B cell responses to influenza in the contest of autoimmunity"
Post-graduation position: Postdoctoral Scholar

Noel Pauli
(Wilson lab)
"The Impact of Staphylococcus Aureus Infection on Human B Cell Responses"
Post-graduation position: Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago

Taylor Feehley recipient of the 2015 Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award and selected to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Graduate student Taylor Feehley will be recognized at the 2015 AAI Meeting and presented with the Lefrancois-BioLegend Memorial Award. Established to honor the memory of AAI member Leo Lefrançois, Ph.D., this award is intended to advance the career of a trainee (student or postdoctoral fellow) who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of mucosal immunology. 

Taylor Feehley is also one of only 650 young scientists chosen to attend th e 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. More information on this exciting opportunity can be found at the event website.


AAI Travel Awards

Congratulations to Daniel Camacho and Melissa Tjota on their American Association of Immunology conference travel awards. 

Katie Block AAI Abstract Award

Congratulations to Katie Block, who was among those awarded the AAI Abstract award. The award goes to those whose abstracts were chosen for an oral presentation.


Kevin Lei Best Poster and Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to 3rd year Kevin Lei, who recently received the Great Lakes Transplant Immunology Forum best poster award, as well as an AAI Young Investigator Award.


Joe Pickard published in Nature

Congrats to recent alumni Joe Pickard (Chervonsky lab) for his recent Nature publication. Citation below.

Pickard JM, Maurice CF, Kinnebrew MA, Abt MC, Schenten D, Golovkina TV, Bogatyrev SR, Ismagilov RF, Pamer EG, Turnbaugh PJ, Chervonsky AV. 2014. Rapid fucosylation of intestinal epithelium sustains host-commensal symbiosis in sickness. Nature. 10.1038/nature13823.


Noel Pauli published in Journal of Experimental Medicine

Graduate student Noel Pauli (Wilson lab) was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine for his work on Staphylococcus aureus. Citation below.

Pauli, N.T., et al. Staphylococcus aureus infection induces protein A–mediated immune evasion in humans. The Journal of Experimental Medicine (2014).


Dr. Cathryn Nagler's lab highlighted in Time magazine

Dr. Nagler's lab was featured in a recent article in Time, discussing her research and its relevance to food allergies.
Cathryn Nagler

Her graduate student, Taylor Feehley, was the first author on the cited paper. Citation below:

Stefka, A.T.*, Feehley, T*., Tripathi, P., Qiu, J.,McCoy, K., Mazmanian, S., Tjota, M.Y., Seo,G-Y.,Cao, S., Theriault, B, Antonopoulos, D., Zhou, L., Chang, E.B., Fu, Y-X., and C.R. Nagler. Commensal        bacteria protect against food allergen sensitization. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2014 111:13145-13150


Adrienne Luoma published in Immunity

Recent graduate Adrienne Luoma (Adams lab) was published in Immunity in 2013. Citation below.

Luoma AM, Castro CD, Mayassi T, Bembinster LA, Bai L, Picard D, Anderson B, Scharf L, Kung JE, Sibener LV, Savage PB, Jabri B, Bendelac A, Adams EJ. 2013. Crystal structure of Vδ1 T cell receptor in complex with CD1d-sulfatide shows MHC-like recognition of a self-lipid by human γδ T cells. Immunity. 39(6):1032-42.


Mike Constantinides published in Nature

Recent graduate Mike Constantinides (Bendelac lab) was published in Nature this year. Citation below.

Constantinides MG, McDonald BD, Verhoef PA, Bendelac A. 2014. A committed precursor to innate lymphoid cells. Nature. 508(7496):397-401. PMCID: PMC4003507