Message from the Director

Stanford Immunology condemns the senseless violence and acts of racism directed at Black people, and we stand in strong solidarity with our Black trainees and colleagues. We see the deep-rooted systemic racism and the pain that it brings to people of color. These injustices are not new but have festered in our society and academic institutions for far too long. We commit to work within our immediate community and beyond to create an environment of inclusion, tolerance, and equity for all.

These changes will surely require that we continue to have difficult conversations, to reach out to each other, to listen, but also to look inward and to take the initiative to self-educate on how we can each contribute to bringing about change. While we have made strides in improving the diversity of our trainees we recognize that is not enough. We pledge to work towards making Stanford Immunology a place where every person feels safe, supported, and thrives.

Black Lives Matter.

Olivia Martinez, PhD
Director of Stanford Immunology

#StopAsianHate StanfordMed LIVE Special Town Hall on March 26, 2021

Stanford Medicine leaders and AAPI members talk candidly about anti-Asian hate.

Watch the recording (SUNet ID required) of the special #StopAsianHate StanfordMed LIVE Town Hall that raised awareness of anti-Asian hate and violence in our country and addressed the recent Atlanta shootings.  

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have reported increased experiences of discrimination, hate, and violence. This includes verbal harassment, unprovoked assaults, and being socially ostracized and antagonized. On March 16, a gunman targeted three spas and massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia, killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. These acts of racism are directly linked to a long history of racializing Asians as “others” whose culture is unassimilable to the United States. 

Community, Diversity and Inclusion In Immunology

CDIII (Community, Diversity and Inclusion In Immunology) is a recently formed committee that aims to promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Immunology Program through the identification and recommendation of long-lasting creative solutions that embrace anti-racism principles and eliminate systemic bias. 


2020-2021 Committee Members

Faculty Olivia Martinez, PhD Director
  Juli Idoyaga, PhD Chair
  Chris Garcia, PhD Co-Chair
  Nima Aghaeepour, PhD  
  Crystal Mackall, MD  
  Pras Jagannathan, MD, PhD  
  Taia Wang, MD, PhD Alternate
  Holden Maecker, PhD Alternate
  Mike Snyder, PhD Alternate
  Rosa Bachetta, MD Alternate
  Catherine Blish, MD, PhD Alternate
Students Bryan Cannon  
  Josselyn Pena  
  Grayson Rodriguez  
  Amy Fan Alternate
  Valentino Sudaryo Alternate
Postdocs Sally Demirdjian, PhD  
  Jiefu Li, PhD  
  Elaina Jones, PhD Alternate

#BlackInImmunoWeek on Nov 22-28, 2020

Stanford Immunology proudly supports #BlackInImmunoWeek happening on Nov 22-28, 2020. Click here to learn more about the week!

Click here for the program flyer.

About Black in Immuno

Black in Immuno is a platform created by a collective of Black immunologists and allies aimed at amplifying, celebrating and supporting Black voices in immunology.  Through our inaugural #BlackInImmunoWeek and longer-term platform we aim to:

  1. Showcase and amplify the scientific contribution of Black immunologists.

  2. Encourage connections among Black researchers and science professionals in immunology and related fields.

  3. Create a supportive and inclusive community for Black scientists around the world.

  4. Connect Black students and professionals with resources and job opportunities in immunology and related fields.   

Our community is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, age, and/or disability.

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Ariel Calderon, graduate student from Sean Bendall's lab, spoke at #BlackinImmunoWeek's Early Career Panel.

Watch the video here

Berenice Mbiribindi, PhD, former postdoc from Sheri Kram's lab, spoke at #BlackinImmunoWeek's Innate Immunity TEDx Style Talks.

Watch the video here

Faculty Conversation with Terrance Mayes

What should we do to combat anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination in the Stanford Medicine community?

How can faculty create an environment of inclusion and better support our students and postdocs in their classroom and labs and in our institution?

On August 14, 2020, Terrance Mayes, Associate Dean for Equity and Strategic Initiatives and the Executive Director of the Commission on Justice and Equity at Stanford Medicine and former Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for UC Irvine Health, reflects on his experience at Stanford and imparts best practices to move faculty forward from dialogue to action.

"Promoting diversity and advancing racial equity in the biomedical sciences" by Kenneth Gibbs

Is a "committment to diversity" enough in biomedical sciences? Stanford Immunology alumnus Kenneth Gibbs, PhD '10 suggests ways to make substantive progress on issues of diversity and racial justice in science. Gibbs is Director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Proram at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Read the article here.

Letter from Sam Cheshier to Stanford

Sam Cheshier, MD, PhD completed the immunology program in 2005 and is currently the  Director of the Pediatric Surgical Neuro-Oncology at University of Utah Medical School. The events surrounding the murder of George Floyd prompted him to relate his thoughts on the issue. With a preface from Professor Irv Weissman, read Sam's letter here. 

Further Reading