Shaun O’Brien Awarded AAI Public Policy Fellowship
Immunology PhD graduate Shaun O’Brien has been awarded a 2014-2015 American Association of Immunologists Public Policy Fellowship. The fellowship supports postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists participating in the public policy and legislative activities of AAI.
Shaun completed his thesis, “The Role of Ikaros in CD8+ in T Cell Biology”, in Fall 2013 in the lab of Dr. Andrew Wells and is now a cancer immunology post-doc in the lab of Dr. Steve Albelda. Shaun will be actively exploring the implications of his thesis work in the context of CAR therapy and cancer immunology. Shaun is also a co-founder of Penn’s Science Policy group, and has recruited Penn graduate students to participate in Hill Days and given tours of Penn science labs to our PA Congress members.
More information about the Public Policy Fellows Program is available on AAI’s website.
Sean Spencer Examines an Immune Response to Malnutrition
Immunology graduate Sean Spencer discusses the adaptation of innate lymphoid cells to a micronutrient deficiency in the January 24, 2014 issue of Science. The article emerged from his thesis, "Regulation of Intestinal Innate Immunity by Dietary Vitamin A" which he completed with Dr. Yasmine Belkaid. Sean is currently finishing his dual MD/PhD and will graduate in 2015.
The Penn Institute for Immunology (IFI) is a Type-2 multidisciplinary center administered by the School of Medicine that serves as an institution-wide locus for faculty members and trainees with clinical and scientific interests in immunologically relevant areas.
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Birth of blood. Single Z slice through the umbilical artery of an E10.5 mouse. Hematopoietic cluster cells expressing CD31(blue), Runx1 (red), Ckit (grey) and CD45 (green) can be seen within the lumen of the artery. Amanda Phillips and Nancy Speck.