Our Research Centers

La Jolla Institute is home to three research centers that focus the efforts of collaborative groups of researchers on defined areas of inquiry, to accelerate progress toward the development of new treatments and vaccines to prevent and cure autoimmune conditions, cancer and infectious 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.

Our Impact

What We’ve Learned One Year In: A Live from the Lab COVID-19 Discussion

On February 9, 2021, La Jolla Institute for Immunology’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Wilson, Ph.D. and immunology expert Alba Grifoni, Ph.D. of the Sette Laboratory synthesized what has been learned about COVID-19 in the past year as the SARS-CoV-2 puzzle has been untangled through significant advances in immunology research, much of which is being accomplished at the Institute. They also highlighted what laboratories are looking at next as the fight against the pandemic continues.


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

The World Goes Crazy Around You

An oral history of how LJI scientists came together against COVID-19.

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14 Apr, 2021
LJI Wednesday Seminar
LJI External Seminar

Speaker: Ekaterina Koltsova, Ph.D.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Host: Klaus Ley, Ph.D.

Link: Webinar Link

15 Apr, 2021
LJI Thursday Seminar
LJI In-House Seminar

Speaker: Abbas Roayaei Ardakany, Ph.D.

La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Host: Ferhat Ay, Ph.D.

Link: Webinar Link

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