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Your Environment. Your Health.

Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory

The NIH intramural research program has shifted all non-mission-critical laboratory operations to a maintenance phase in order to promote physical distancing and diminished transmission risk of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, only mission-critical functions within NIH research laboratories will be supported.

Michael B. Fessler, M.D.
Michael B. Fessler, M.D.
Chief, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory and Principal Investigator
Tel 984-287-4081
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 984-287-4094
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop D2-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
circular diagram with immunity, inflammation, environment, development, disease, therapy and physiology

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

Lee Ann McCray
Lee Ann McCray
Administrative Technician

Tel 984-287-4080
Fax 919-541-4133
Latonya D. Washington
Latonya D. Washington
Administrative Specialist

Tel 984-287-3449

Biological Animal Support

Ligon Perrow
Anne L. Perrow

Tel 984-287-4231
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