Environmental Factor, January 2008, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Upcoming Distinguished Lecture Features Richard A. Flavell
By Eddy Ball
The 2007-2008 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series continues at 11:00 a.m. on January 8 with a talk by Richard A. Flavell, Ph.D., on "Innate and Adaptive Immunity." Flavell's talk will take place in Rodbell Auditorium and be hosted by Donald Cook, Ph.D., head of the Immunogenetics Group in the NIEHS Laboratory of Respiratory Biology.
Flavell is Sterling Professor and Chairman of the Department of Immunobiology at the Yale University of School of Medicine. He is also a professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
His lab's research is focused on several basic research topics in the field of immunity. He is interested in the molecular basis of the activation and differentiation of T-lymphocytes, and his team is working to elucidate the mechanisms of CD4 T cell differentiation to effector cells. The lab integrates the molecular approaches that the investigators use to understand molecular mechanisms of differentiation and death into the study of critical autoimmune diseases and their relationship to toll-like receptors (TLR).