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Rutgers Awarded NIH Grant to Study How Previous Infections Affect Immune Response to Lung DiseaseResearchers will examine how the body’s adaptations to viruses, fungi and parasites change its ability to combat unrelated respiratory infections. The five-year grant will support the work of immunologists William C. Gause, Amariliz Rivera and Mark Siracusa, who will examine how mice fight lung infection after exposure to various parasites, fungi and viruses. Full article in Rutgers Today.

Dr. George Yap, Professor, Center for Immunity and Inflammation and the Department of Medicine, was recently elected into the esteemed American Academy of Microbiology. He joins 64 new fellows, who were elected via a highly selective, peer review process, based on scientific achievements in the advancement of microbiology.

In a recent publication (November 2023) in Brain Behavior and Immunity, Dr. George S. Yap and his team in the Department of Medicine and the Center for Immunity and Inflammation identified a new cytokine-mitokine-mitokine cascade that contributes weight loss and sickness behaviors triggered by infection.  Read more.

William C. Gause, PhD and Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, PhD named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Welcome new faculty!

Center for Immunity & Inflammation

Dr. Veronika Miskolci

Dr. Tania Wong

Center for Virus-Host-Innate Immunity

Dr. Chun-Chieh (Jack) Hsu

Dr. Lok-Roy Wong







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Breaking the Poverty-Disease Cycle

Dysfunction of the immune system is increasingly recognized as contributing to a broad spectrum of infectious and noninfectious diseases. The specific focus of our new institute provides a unique opportunity to build an innovative and significant program of biomedical research excellence for Newark and the State of New Jersey. It provides the opportunity to develop innovative perspectives and insights for the development of new treatments and diagnostics that can be rapidly translated to the clinic.