Center For Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research

Center For Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research

The Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research conducts fundamental research on how the body successfully reacts to vaccines and battles infections and conversely, how infectious pathogens escape immune surveillance.


Modern medicine has made tremendous strides in fighting infectious diseases, but there is much more work to be done. Every year, influenza strikes millions of people, many of them fatally. Whooping cough and measles have made a comeback as the number of people who refuse to vaccinate their children grows. One third of the world’s population is infected with latent tuberculosis. Without treatment, about 5 to 10 percent of infected people will develop TB disease at some time in their lives.

Meanwhile, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is sweeping the globe, taking the lives of hundreds of thousands. La Jolla Institute, one of the leading global organizations dedicated to studying the immune system, is stepping up to provide much needed information and real solutions for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have launched a multi-lab Coronavirus Taskforce that capitalizes on our competitive advantages of unique skill in infectious disease research, state-of-the-art technology and highly collaborative organization to respond to the current crisis and prepare for future emerging diseases. Our other work on HIV, Ebola, Dengue, Zika, and Cytomegalovirus are further laying the groundwork for developing vaccines for these serious infections.


Chris Benedict, Ph.D.
Shane Crotty, Ph.D.
Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D.
Bjoern Peters, Ph.D.
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.
Alessandro Sette, Dr. Biol.Sci.
Sujan Shresta, Ph.D.

From The Lab

Jul 2, 2020 // NBC News

Can our immune system 'remember' the coronavirus? Scientists hope so

Jun 26, 2020 // Science Immunology

Even in the worst COVID-19 cases, the body launches immune cells to fight back

Jun 17, 2020 // Nature Immunology

LJI Scientists Investigate a Powerful Protein Behind Antibody Development

Jun 12, 2020 // The Wall Street Journal

Before Catching Coronavirus, Some People’s Immune Systems Are Already Primed to Fight It

Jun 12, 2020 // Discover Magazine

Why Do Some People Get Sick All the Time, While Others Stay in Freakishly Good Health?