At the 55th Midwinter Conference of Immunologists at Asilomar, several Department of Immunology graduate students and postdoctoral scholars won poster and oral presentation awards. The University of Washington took home the most awards for any institution represented at the Midwinter Conference.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

  • Akshay Krishnamurty (Pepper Lab) - Awarded the Graduate Student Young Investigator Presentation Award for Outstanding Oral Presentation-sponsored by BioLegend
  • Nicole Arroyo (Pepper Lab) -  Awarded the Graduate Student Midwinter Conference Council Award for Outstanding Poster-sponsored by MCI Council Members
  • Kristen Mittelsteadt (Campbell Lab) - Awarded the Graduate Student Ray Owen Young Investigator Awards for Outstanding Oral Presentation-sponsored by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • Simon Glatigny (Bettelli Lab) - Awarded the Postdoctoral Fellow Ray Owen Poster Award-sponsored by AAI
  • Mridu Acharya (Lacy-Hulbert) - Awarded the Postdoctoral Fellow Ray Owen Poster Award-sponsored by AAI


New findings expose how mitochondria might instigate lupus-like inflammation. A research team jointly led by Immunology Adjunct Professor Keith B.  Elkon, M.D., head of the Division of  Rheumatology at the University of Washington, and the National Institutes of Health are discovering more about how these and other mitochondrial materials provoke the body’s self-attack in systemic lupus erythematosus. Read the Health Sciences Newsbeat Article by Leila Gray  |  HSNewsBeat  |  Updated 12:45 PM, 01.21.2016

Their most recent results appear this week in Nature MedicineRead the paper.

Faculty members of the Department of Immunology granted Professor Emeritus appointments. 

Read the latest Department of Immunology Newsletter for 2015. This edition includes updates and highlights, graduate program updates and many, many pictures! 

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We are proud to welcome Dr. Michael Gerner as the latest addition to the Department of Immunology Faculty. Dr. Gerner graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Immunology in 2009 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He completed his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and joined the University of Washington Department of Immunology as an Assistant Professor in November, 2015.

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Congratulations to Dr. Arbelaez for successfully defending his dissertation on Friday, November 20, 2015.  The title of his dissertation is “Factors controlling effector T cell responses during central nervous system autoimmunity."

Dr. Arbelaez earned his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Estelle Bettelli, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Immunology.  The Rawlings Lab is located at the Benaroya Research Institute.

Dr. Bevan received his Ph.D. in Immunology at The National Institute for Medical Research int Mill Hill, London, in 1972. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 1990, he held positions at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,and The Salk Institute. He retired August 31, 2015,  from his position as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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This unique award is given to exceptionally creative scientists who propose highly innovative approaches with high-impact potential to major challenges in biomedical research. Read more...




Congratulations to Dr. Laura Lau for successfully defending her dissertation on September 24, 2015.  The title of her dissertation is “DNA tumor virus oncogenes antagonize the cGAS-STING DNA-sensing pathway."

Dr. Lau earned her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Dan Stetson, Associate Professor in the UW Department of Immunology.