We are pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Bensinger has agreed to take over leadership of the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection, and Transplantation (I3T) Theme in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Bensinger is an Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, and of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. He received his Veterinary Medical Degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bensinger’s thesis work was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Laurence Turka, and focused on the development and function of CD4 regulatory T cells. Dr. Bensinger subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Tontonoz at UCLA, where he examined the impact of lipid metabolism on lymphocyte function and adaptive immunity. Since establishing his own laboratory at UCLA, Dr. Bensinger has emerged as a leader in understanding the influence of lipid metabolism on the immune system.
Dr. Bensinger, along with Dr. Rob Prins, established the highly successful I3T Seminar Series and Research-In-Progress Series, and has been an active participant on the I3T Executive Committee since the Theme was established. Since 2015, Dr. Bensinger has also served as Director of Shared Resources for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bensinger on his appointment as Leader of the DGSOM I3T Theme.
The Immunology, Inflammation, Infection and Transplantation (I3T) Excellence in Research Award was established to honor individuals who have made seminal contributions to basic and translational immunology. Dr. Morrison’s work on antibody function and engineering have significantly advanced our understanding of how antibodies function and generates a lasting impact on the use of antibodies in the treatment of human disease. This week we were proud to recognize and honor Dr. Morrison’s incredible accomplishments in this field. Please join us in congratulating her and celebrating this special achievement.
Dr. Sherie Morrison is currently a Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley and Albert Einstein College of Medicine she joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974 where she remained until 1988, rising to the rank of Professor. In 1988 she joined the faculty of UCLA. She served as Department Chair from 1992 to 2002 and as Interim Department Chair from 2014 to 2015. Her long-time research interest has been the functional properties of antibodies and novel antibody-related proteins. A current focus of her laboratory is antibody fusions with interferon with the treatment of malignancy.