Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., MBA 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.
LJI Assistant Professor Dr. Tal Einav harnesses computational biology and physics to study how the body fights disease. His research sheds light on how different groups – women and men, children and seniors – combat viral infections, cancers, and much more. Dr. Einav will share how leveraging models and algorithms can help us design better vaccines and accelerate the field of personalized medicine.
Live from the Lab
During the February 2, 2023 Live from the Lab webinar, world-renowned immunologist and La Jolla Institute for Immunology Chief Scientific Officer and Professor Mitchell “Mitch” Kronenberg, Ph.D. discussed the immune cells on the front lines of infection and their role in disease, highlighting inflammatory bowel disease. Technical expertise was shared during the laboratory component of the presentation by Microscopy Core Director Zbigniew Mikulski, Ph.D.
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.
Support Life Without Disease
Program in Immunology Seminar: "Esophageal remodeling in the Type 2 Inflammatory Disease Eosinophilic Esophagitis"
Speaker: Seema Aceves, MD, PhD - Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine UCSD, Director of the multidisciplinary Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
La Jolla Institute - Seminar Room
"The role of mitochondrial calcium in B cell signaling and metabolism"
Speaker: Julia Jellusova
La Jolla Institute - Seminar Room