Major clinical advances over the last 10 years have enriched basic understanding of the immune system to the point of translation, and there is the promise of great successes with antibody therapies and other forms of immunotherapy. The value of close interactions among researchers studying cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmunity, and transplant rejection is now readily apparent.
Steven J. Bensinger, VMD, PhD, is the leader 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.
Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD
Chair, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine & UCLA Immunogenetics
Co-Director, Tumor Immunology Program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC)
Manish Butte, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology
Member, California NanoSystems Institute
Faculty, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis GPB Home Area
Robert L. Modlin, MD
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Chief of the Division of Dermatology
Vice Chair for Cutaneous Medicine and Dermatologic Research in the Department of Medicine
Elaine F. Reed, PhD
Director, Immunogenetics Center
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty, Cellular and Molecular Pathology PhD Program