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    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 […]




    MIMG Sweeps AAI

    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 […]




    Raphael Reyes Awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Award

    March 31, 2022

    Raphael Reyes, 4th-year MIM Ph.D. Candidate and member of Dr. Evelien Bunnik’s laboratory, was recently awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Award. This highly competitive award allows Raphael to travel to the ACTS Translational Science 2022 conference in Chicago, Illinois, from April 20-22, 2022. In addition to receiving a travel award, Raphael was selected […]




    Nu Zhang, PhD, Provides Expert Analysis

    March 21, 2022

    In a recent news publication by Science, Dr. Nu Zhang provided expert analysis on a recent study regarding a new class of killer T cells. Dr. Zhang is quoted by Science in their article, “New class of killer T cells may prevent autoimmune diseases: Study identifies human counterparts to mouse cells that quell rogue immune response,” stating: “The […]



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