Affiliated Faculty

This list of affiliated investigators can help you identify potential research mentors at the University of Pittsburgh. PSTP students can, and do, work with mentors not on this list, but the investigators featured below have expressed interest in hosting PSTP students in their laboratories.

Robert Binder, PhD
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The mechanisms of cross-priming of antigens during immune responses to cancer, viruses and autoimmunity

Lisa Borghesi , PhD
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Demand adapted hematopoiesis in infection and inflammation

Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD
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The Byersdorfer lab seeks a deeper understanding of In vivo T cell metabolism, in order to develop therapies that separate pathologic effects from physiologic and beneficial responses following allogeneic blood and marrow transplantation.

Geetha Chalasani, MD
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Understanding how memory T cells are generated in transplantation

Greg Delgoffe, PhD
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The metabolic regulation of T cell function, with a specific focus of those T cells that infiltrate the nutrient-poor tumor microenvironment

Louis Falo, MD, PhD
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Developing a better understanding of cutaneous biology and skin immune function, and leveraging that evolving understanding to develop new skin-targeted strategies to modulate local and systemic immune responses

Robert Ferris, MD, PhD
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Mechanisms of immune escape and clinical translation to therapeutic cancer immunotherapy trials

Joanne Flynn, PhD
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Immunology and Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis

Timothy Hand, PhD
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Understand the causes of diseases with disruptions between immune system and the microbiota, such as Crohn’s Disease and Environmental Enteropathy

Lawrence Kane, PhD
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Signal Transduction; The role of the Akt kinase in NF-kB and T cell activation; Role of TIM proteins in T cell activation

Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD
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Role for nerves in the skin as modulators of immune responses

Fadi Lakkis, MD
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Innate and adaptive immune response to transplanted organs and the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance

Philana Lin, MD, MSC
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Our lab is focused on the host protective immune responses to M. tuberculosis, a major factor in outcome of infection.

Jason Lohmueller
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The Lohmueller lab works on developing genetic engineering approaches to augment adoptive cell therapy (ACT) for the treatment of cancer.

Diana Metes, MD
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Human immunology: Innate and adaptive immune responses to latent viruses and to allo-antigens after organ transplantation

Ana Mora, MD
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The pathogenic mechanisms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in aging; Mitochondrial-targeted therapies in animal models of lung fibrosis

Penelope Morel, MD
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Autoimmunity & the control of T cell immune responses; Systems biology approaches to immune response to infectious organisms

Adrian Morelli, MD, PhD
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The role of donor- and recipient-derived antigen-presenting cells (i.e. dendritic cells) and extracellular vesicles (i.e. exosomes, microvesicles) during allo-sensitization, graft rejection, and induction of donor-specific immunosuppression / tolerance, following transplantation

Alison Morris, MD, MS
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HIV-associated lung disease; HIV-associated emphysema; Role of Pneumocystis in COPD

David Rothstein, MD
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Immunoregulation: Focusing on regulatory and inflammatory B cells in transplant and autoimmune models, and their use as biomarkers in transplantation; as well as pathways by which regulatory T cells can be enhanced relative to Teffector cells

Melanie Scott, MD, PhD
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Innate immune responses to sterile injury and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation and immune activation by endogenous danger signals

Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
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My lab is interested in the establishment of long term B cell immunity and in pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases and graft vs host disease.

Michael Shurin, MD, PhD
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Understanding of biological and clinical significance of tumor innervation and revealing neuroimmunological pathways controlling tumor spreading and metastasis formation

Angus Thomson, PhD, DS.c.
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Regulation of the immune response; role of dendritic cells and T cells in tolerance induction; mechanism of action of novel immune suppressants

Anda Vlad, MD, PhD
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The Vlad lab focuses on the development of new combination therapies for ovarian cancer and identification of new mechanisms of treatment response or resistance.

Sally Wenzel, MD
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Focuses on asthma phenotypes and the molecular mechanisms, particularly in the airway epithelium that control them

John Williams, MD
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The cell entry, immunity, and pathogenesis of human metapneumovirus (HMPV)