University of Washington Immunology

The Department of Immunology is a basic science department within the University of Washington, School of Medicine located in Seattle. 

Our mission is to advance understanding of the function of the immune system in order to enhance our ability to fight infectious disease, cancer and autoimmune disease.  Basic research of all aspects of immunology is critical to this mission, as well as translational research to link our findings to the development of new therapies.

We hold diversity and inclusiveness as core values in our department and emphasize their importance throughout our research, education and practice. We strive to create a climate that fosters belonging, respect and value for all within our scientific community and the institution.

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Recent Publications

GM-CSF is not essential for experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis but promotes brain-targeted disease. Pierson ER, Goverman JM. JCI Insight. 2017 Apr 6;2(7):e92362. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.92362. PubMed PMID: 28405624; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5374070.

Local Inflammatory Cues Regulate Differentiation and Persistence of CD8+ Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells. Bergsbaken T, Bevan MJ, Fink PJ.Cell Reports 2017 Apr 4;19(1):114-124. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.03.031. PubMed PMID: 28380351.

RIPK3 Restricts Viral Pathogenesis via Cell Death-Independent Neuroinflammation Brian P. Daniels, Annelise G. Snyder, Tayla M. Olsen, Susana Orozco, Thomas H. Oguin III, Stephen W.G. Tait, Jennifer Martinez, Michael Gale Jr., Yueh-Ming Loo, Andrew Oberst. Cell. 2017 Apr 6;169(2):301-313.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.03.011. Epub 2017 Mar 30. PMCID: PMC5405738

Blood Stage Malaria Disrupts Humoral Immunity to the Pre-erythrocytic Stage Circumsporozoite Protein Gladys J. Keitany, Karen S. Kim, Akshay T. Krishnamurty, Brian D. Hondowicz, William O. Hahn, Nicholas Dambrauskas, D. Noah Sather, Ashley M. Vaughan, Stefan H.I. Kappe, Marion Pepper. 2016. Cell Reports , Volume 17 , Issue 12 , 3193 - 3205.

Leukotrienes provide an NFAT-dependent signal that synergizes with IL-33 to activate ILC2s. von Moltke J, Barrett NA, Kanaoka Y, Austen KF, Locksley RM (2017).  Journal of Experimental Medicine 214(1): 27-37.

Department News


It has been an excellent year for the Immunology Department and we want to share some of our news with you in our ...


The NIH Director's New Innovator Award is part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports...


Department of Immunology announces the 2017-18 seminar series schedule. Check out the 2017–18 Immunology 573 Seminar Series...


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- As part of its continuing effort to stimulate fundamental research into human infectious diseases, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund — a private foundation making...


Insect-transmitted viruses, like Powassan and West Nile, which can attack the brain in some cases, are becoming a growing public health concern. Medical scientists are trying to understand how...


Immunology graduate students Nicole Arroyo and Fahd al Qureshah, greeted U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Dr. Marion Pepper on April 12, 2017. One by one, several UW Medicine researchers told U.S....