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

Live from the Lab with LJI’s New President & CEO Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.

On September 21, 2021, La Jolla Institute for Immunology’s (LJI’s) newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire shared her vision for the Institute’s future and provided her perspective on where the world stands with COVID-19.

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.


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.

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27 Jan, 2022
LJI Thursday Seminar
In-House Seminar

Speaker: Jingru Fang, Ph.D.


Host: Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.

03 Feb, 2022
LJI Thursday Seminar
In-House Seminar

Speaker: Haoyang Li, Ph.D.


Host: Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.

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