2022 Year in Review Symposium

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                            Penn Immunology: Year in Review 

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Introduction by John Wherry, PhD, Director, IFI
                           Warren Pear, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, IFI

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Immune Health Overview

Allie Greenplate, PhD - Associate Director, Immune Health Project

“Immune Health: Broad and Deep Immune Profiling to Improve Patient Care”


Amit Bar-Or, MD, FRCPC – Melissa and Paul Anderson President’s Distinguished Professor

 “Implementing lessons from immune perturbation with RNA vaccine in multiple sclerosis patients on B-cell depleting therapy”

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM


1:20 PM – 1:40 PM

2022 Immunology Graduate Group Saul Winegrad Awardee

Claudia Arevalo, PhD

“Of Mice, Ferrets, and Men: From Original antigen sin to a new universal influenza virus vaccine candidate”

1:40 PM – 2:30 PM

Introduction by Jon Epstein, MD - Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer
Roberts Family-Katalin Karikó Fellowship Program

Michela Locci, PhD – Assistant Professor of Microbiology

“Immunological mechanism of mRNA vaccines” 


Norbert Pardi, PhD – Assistant Professor of Microbiology

“Development and evaluation of lyophilized nucleoside-modified mRNA-LNP vaccines”

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Matis Family IFI Investigator Award

Katalin Karikó, PhD - Adjunct Professor in Neurosurgery, Senior Vice President at BioNTech

“Developing mRNA for therapy”


Drew Weissman, MD, PhD - Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research

“Nucleoside-Modified mRNA-LNP Therapeutic” 

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Keynote Presentation: Erika Pearce, PhD - Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“Mitochondrial Shape-Shifting in the T Cell Response”

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Poster Session/Reception