Basic and Applied Immunology

Basic immunology research seeks to understand the mechanisms and interactions that drive the immune system. Applied immunology takes these discoveries and focuses on specific questions with the aim of improving disease outcome or prevention.

Our talented researchers approach both basic and applied research in a cross-disciplinary and innovative manner, working together to both answer fundamental immunology questions and then applying those findings to improving human health.

Our researchers in the basic and applied immunology fields delve deep into the immune systems. The work in this research priority area is broad and far-reaching, from understanding immune cells like B cells to analyzing antibody responses to disease.

Researchers within this area may be exploring new topics or applying innovative ideas to known problems. Whatever the focus, these projects push the fields of immunology and infectious disease forward.

Making a Difference

Supercharging Immunology Research

The immune system is incredibly complex - and artificial intelligence may be the key to understanding it. This new initiative is enabled by a generous donation from Mark and Lisa Schwartz.

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Labs Working in this Area

On Site Labs

Allen

T Cell Immunotherapy, HIV Evolution and Transmission

Todd Allen, PhD

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Batista

B cells, antibodies, preclinical vaccinology

Facundo Batista, PhD

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Bryson

Immune control of mycobacteria

Bryan Bryson, PhD

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Carrington

Impact of immunogenetic variation on disease outcome

Mary Carrington, PhD

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Kwon

Mucosal immunology, Microbiome, HIV

Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD

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Pillai

B-cell biology and T-B collaboration

Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD

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Schmidt

Protein Engineering, Therapeutic Development, Viral Evolution

Aaron Schmidt, PhD

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Walker

HIV, virus-specific T cells, elite controllers

Bruce D. Walker, MD

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COVID-19

As COVID-19 swept across the globe, we turned our immunology and infectious disease expertise to fight against the pandemic through collaborative research.

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Global Infectious Diseases

Though the Ragon Institute started by studying HIV, we quickly expanded to other global infectious diseases.

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Research

The Ragon’s research creates knowledge from our collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, breaking down the silos of academia.

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