Research Areas

Research Areas

Our focus is immunology, because 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, which together account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the U.S. each year. Such diseases include type 1 and type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, allergies, influenza, dengue fever and many other illnesses.

From The Lab

Jun 25, 2019 // eLIFE

No cell is an island

LJI team finds that ‘doublet’ immune cells are much more common—and more important in disease—than previously thought
Jun 21, 2019 // Journal of Experimental Medicine

To kill tumors, activate this elite group of T cells

LJI’s new understanding of killer T cells inspires clinical studies of potential immunotherapies
May 29, 2019

La Jolla Institute-led consortium awarded up to $35 million by NIH

The grant establishes the global Viral Immunotherapeutic Consortium to develop new treatments for Ebola, Lassa and other viral threats
May 9, 2019 // Cell

New HIV vaccine strategy “pumps” the immune system

LJI scientists find that slowly releasing an HIV vaccine could prompt the body to make more powerful antibodies against the virus
May 8, 2019 // KPBS

San Diego Researchers Help With Urgent Effort To Stop Ebola In Africa