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GW CIRU

Vision and Mission

The Comparative Immunology Research Unit at GW analyzes basic mechanisms of the innate and adaptive immune responses against bacterial and viral pathogens as well as parasitic nematodes in different animal models (sea urchin, frog, and fruit fly).


We use a comparative approach together with modern methods (flow cytometry, reverse genetics, transcriptomics and proteomics) to investigate the molecular, functional, and evolutionary basis of the host immune system.


Research in our laboratories follows the principles of bringing senior and junior researchers together to pursue their scientific passions and encouraging interactions, mutual respect and support, constructive criticism, and the free sharing of ideas and resources.

 

Comparative Immunology

The goal of Comparative immunology is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the conservation, diversification and adaptation of the host immune system across different species, and its interaction with other physiological systems.


Comparative Immunology focuses on the identification of pathogen recognition, immune signaling, and regulation of immune functions in both invertebrates and vertebrates at all levels of investigation, from genes and cells to entire organisms. 

 
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