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Nu Zhang, PhD publishes paper in Nature Communications

October 13, 2022

Congratulations to Nu Zhang, Ph.D. and his lab for his new publication, “TGF-b-dependent lymphoid tissue residency of stem-like T cells limits response to tumor vaccine.” published in Nature Communications. In this paper, they report that stem-like CD8+ T cells differentiate into tissue-resident cells inside tumor draining lymph nodes. This differentiation program inhibits tumor vaccine induced […]

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Ann Griffith, PhD and her trainees publish article in PNAS

October 4, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Ann Griffith and her trainees for their paper showing that oxidative stress is not always bad.  It is required by thymic stromal cells for the clonal deletion of autoreactive T Cells. From the article: Thymic stromal cells impose T cell self-tolerance by presenting self-antigens to developing T cells and inducing apoptosis in […]

Ann Griffith, PhD and Na Xiong, PhD publish paper in Journal of Immunology

August 31, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Griffith and Dr. Xiong for their Journal of Immunology publication, Delta-like 4–Derived Notch Signals Differentially Regulate Thymic Generation of Skin-Homing CCR10+NK1.1+ Innate Lymphoid Cells at Neonatal and Adult Stages The thymus is a primary lymphoid organ for T cell development. Increasing evidence found that the thymus is also an important site for […]

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Elizabeth Leadbetter, PhD publishes paper in Cell Metabolism

August 23, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter for her recently published paper in Cell Metabolism! Obesity is accompanied by inflammation in adipose tissue, impaired glucose tolerance, and changes in adipose leukocyte populations. These studies of adipose tissue from humans and mice revealed that increased frequencies of T-bet+ B cells in adipose tissue depend on invariant NKT cells […]

Paolo Casali, M.D. publishes paper in Nature Communications

August 23, 2022

Congratulations to Paolo Casali, MD for this paper recently published in Nature Communications. Summarized in Dr. Casali’s own words: This paper reports the first “discovery” of the mechanism of class-switch DNA recombination to IgD (by microhomology-mediated DNA end-joining, very different from CSR to IgG, IgA or IgE (by non-homologous DNA end-joining), as well as the […]

Nu Zhang, PhD publishes new paper in JEM

August 23, 2022

Dr. Nu Zhang has a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM).  Congratulations, Dr. Zhang! A summary: Tcf-1+ stem-like T cells are the key to understand CD8 response during chronic viral infection and tumor immunity. Here, we found that TGF-beta inhibits the differentiation of Tcf-1+ T cells via promoting their retention or […]

Christian Cervantes Elected SGA President

April 15, 2022

Christian Cervantes was recently elected as President of the Student Government Association (SGA). Christian is a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Zhenming Xu. As President. Christian represents the institutional student body, comprising of the Medical, Dental, Health Professions, Graduate, and Nursing schools. The SGA is a collective of students representing their individual […]


April 13, 2022

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) hosts a yearly conference where the world’s most prominent scientists and emerging young scholars meet to present and discuss cutting-edge research and developments in the field of Immunology. Each year, trainees from all over the world submit abstracts to AAI in hopes of being selected to present their research […]

MIMG Trainees selected for 2022 Rice Alliance Ignite Entrepreneurship Trek

March 31, 2022

Travis Shute, a 5th-year MIM PhD Candidate, and Carlo Vanz, a 3rd-Year MIM PhD Candidate, were selected to attend the 2022 Rice Alliance Ignite Entrepreneurship Trek held in Palo Alto, California. This year’s Ignite Trek invited trainees to travel to Silicon Valley for a four-day event where they met with entrepreneurs from successful Silicon Valley […]