Welcome to Stanford Immunology


From the desk of Dr. Patricia Jones, Director

Stanford Immunology is home to faculty, students, postdocs and staff who work together to produce internationally recognized research in many fields of immunology. The long tradition of collaboration among the immunology laboratories at Stanford fosters highly productive interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on the application of molecular approaches to problems in cellular and clinical immunology. Faculty research interests include both bench-to-bedside approaches and basic science research. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars receive outstanding training through their participation in research, teaching, seminars, journal clubs, and the annual Stanford Immunology Scientific Conference. Many members of our community are also affiliated withStanford Institutes of Medicine. Stanford Immunology joined the Institute of Immunity, Transplantation and Infection in January 2011.


Program News

Chris Garcia, PhD wins Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award 

Recent graduate of the Immunology program, Michael Birnbaum, honored his former mentor Dr. K. Christopher Garcia, recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, with a humorous roast at this year's holiday party.  Using protein engineering techniques, the Garcia Lab studies how the structure and biochemical properties of T cell and cytokine receptors can affect downstream signalling.  Second-year Immunology graduate students Marvin Gee and Leah Sibener are among Dr. Garcia's current mentees.  (Learn more).

Michael Birnbaum and Khoa Nguyen win Outstanding Dissertation Award

Michael and Khoa had two of the most exemplary dissertation defenses in 2014.  In laboratory of Chris Garcia, Michael studied the nature and extent of T cell receptor crossreactivity by deep sequencing peptide-MHC libraries.  You can read more about Michael's findings in his publication in Cell.  In Ajay Chawla's lab, Khoa studied how circadian rhythms regulate monocyte homeostasis.  You can read more about Khoa's findings in his publication in Science.  Khoa is also the 2014 recipient of the Hugh McDevitt Prize and the Spark Award.  Congratulations Michael and Khoa!

Lisa Kronstad, PhD wins Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award

Immunology graduate students Nick Bayless and Dara Strauss-Albee as well as their special surprise guests, the hosts of "This Week in Virology," honor Dr. Lisa Kronstad for receiving the Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award.  Lisa is a postdoc in the laboratory of Catherine Blish where she studies the role of NK cells and T cells in battling influenza.

Stanford Immunology Students Combat Anti-Vaccine Movement with Video - "I Just Can't Wait for My Vaccine."

Immuno Social Committee Organizes a Successful Interview Weekend!

Immunology Social Committee Chairs Leah Sibener, Justin Jarrell, Marvin Gee, and Marta Andre Terres wooed potential Stanford Immuno recruits with a fantastic Interview Weekend.  The rest of the program awaits with bated breath for April 15, when the new Immunology Class of 2015 will be finalized.  Great job, guys!