Immunobiology is a branch of biomedical science that covers the study of all aspects of the immune system. It includes the study of immunocytes, the white blood cell, called leukocytes, which protect the body against both infectious disease and foreign materials. Specific cells of the immune system produce a number of substances called cytokines. These substances can be proteins, peptides or glycoproteins (proteins attached to sugars) and carry signals between cells, thus affecting other cells.
Feinstein Institute researchers are studying immunobiology in the context of several diseases that include central nervous system injury and disease, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, degeneration and regeneration of intervertebral disc, cancer, autoimmune diseases and severe infections.
Principal investigators conducting Immunobiology research include Yousef Al-Abed; Lionel Blanc; Ona E. Bloom; Vincent R. Bonagura; Nadeen Chahine; Nicholas Chiorazzi; Anne Davidson; Betty Diamond; Richard Alan Furie; Daniel A. Grande; Peter K. Gregersen; Gloria Y.F. Ho; Patricio T. Huerta; Annette T. Lee; Shu Fang Liu; Christine Metz; Edmund Miller; Raj K. Narayan; Kaie Ojamaa; Valentin A. Pavlov; Barbara Sherry; Bettie M. Steinberg; Pravin C. Singhal; Marc Symons; Kevin J. Tracey; Andrea Vambutas; Haichao Wang and Ping Wang.