Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., has officially begun her term as President and CEO of La Jolla Institute for Immunology. As a leader in infectious disease research, Saphire has dedicated her career to bringing scientists together to face the toughest health threats.
Our Focus Is Immunology
We believe that no other biomedical discipline has greater implications for human health than immunology. By unraveling the complexities of the immune system, LJI researchers are directly tackling an extraordinarily diverse array of diseases, such as asthma, cancer, CoVID-19, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and many others.
At La Jolla Institute for Immunology, every day, our discoveries move the world closer to Life Without Disease.
Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation
Research into different autoimmune diseases can inform the development of new treatments that teach the immune system to tolerate the body’s own cells.
Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
The Center is at the forefront of exploring new and sometimes unexpected avenues for novel immune-based cancer treatments.
Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, LJI infectious disease experts quickly mobilized a task force to respond to the current crisis.
Live from the Lab with LJI Professor & T1D Expert Matthias von Herrath, M.D.
On March 3, 2022, La Jolla Institute for Immunology Professor Matthias von Herrath, M.D., shared current theories on the leading causes of type 1 diabetes, as well as his latest research findings, which point in a promising new direction for the future of disease treatment.
COVID-19 Research at La Jolla Institute
Capitalizing on their unique skills in immunology and infectious disease, La Jolla Institute scientists have launched a multi-lab Coronavirus Taskforce to respond to the ongoing crisis and prepare for future emerging diseases.
Sex-based Differences in the Immune System
On this year’s Women’s Health Research Day, LJI and Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM) co-hosted an expert panel interactive discussion exploring sex-based differences in the immune system and autoimmune disease.
The Visionaries, an award-winning public television series hosted by Sam Waterston has recently launched its 24th season which includes a half-hour documentary film entitled, Life Without Disease. The film showcases the critical work of La Jolla Institute for Immunology scientists working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Melanie McCauley
Dr. Melanie McCauley is on a mission to create a world where people live life without disease.
Immune Matters Magazine
Learning from men. Learning from women.
Men and women have different immune systems. With a better understanding of sex-specific immune differences, scientists can more effectively fight infections, cancers, heart disease, and even pregnancy complications.