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Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory

Michael B. Fessler, M.D.
Michael B. Fessler, M.D.
Acting Chief, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory and Principal Investigator
Tel 919-541-3701
Fax 919-541-4133
fesslerm@niehs.nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop D2-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
Anton M. Jetten, Ph.D.
Anton M. Jetten, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory and Principal Investigator
Tel 919-541-2768
jetten@niehs.nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop D2-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
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Research Summary

The Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory focuses on understanding how the human body protects itself against environmental exposures. Diet, commercial chemicals, or bacterial allergens, may pose a threat to the body, and as a result, the immune system produces white blood cells that recognize and respond to these foreign substances called antigens. Sometimes the white blood cells release too many chemicals in the blood, which leads to inflammation. Laboratory members investigate the mechanisms that cause inflammatory diseases that occur in the thymus, heart, lungs, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and intestine.

Scientific Support Staff

Administrative Support

Tonika Barnes
Tonika S. Barnes
Administrative Specialist

Tel 919-541-0123
tonika.barnes@nih.gov
Lee Ann McCray
Lee Ann McCray
Administrative Technician

Tel 919-541-3253
Fax 919-541-4133
mccray2@niehs.nih.gov

Biological Animal Support

Laura Miller DeGraff
Laura Degraff
Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Tel 919-541-2193
Fax 919-541-4133
miller12@niehs.nih.gov
Ligon Perrow
Ligon Perrow
Biologist

Tel 919-541-0137
perrow@niehs.nih.gov