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Pandurangan Vijayanand, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
William K. Bowes Distinguished Professor, Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation, Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
“Continually evolving genomic tools and single cell analysis technologies are revolutionizing our understanding of the human immune system in health and disease."

Overview

Dr. Vijayanand’s lab employs genomics tools to understand, diagnose and treat pulmonary disease such as asthma, lung cancer and infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus.

His laboratory has developed a number of techniques to study the molecular profiles of circulating and airway immune cells from patients with asthma and other diseases, using fewer cells than previously possible.

Dr. Vijayanand oversees a large-scale effort to map epigenomic modifications in more than a dozen different types of human immune cells from normal individuals to understand how epigenetic variations cause susceptibility to disease. For many human diseases, large-scale genomic studies have identified common genetic variants that occur more frequently in people with cardiovascular, autoimmune, inflammatory and infectious diseases, diabetes and asthma than in those without these diseases. However, it has been difficult to pinpoint which genetic changes are truly relevant to disease, or in what specific cell types the genetic variation has the largest effect on one’s health. Mapping the epigenome will enable scientists to zoom in on those genes with the greatest likelihood to contribute to disease, and the cell types in which they act, and therefore will help identify novel therapeutic targets.

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Lab Members

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Research Projects

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Cancer Immunology

  In 2013, Dr. Vijayanand teamed up with Professor Christian Ottensmeier at the Cancer Center, University of Southampton, UK, to

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COVID-19 and T cells: Single-cell transcriptomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2-reactive CD8 + and CD4 + T cells.

  As the SARS-CoV-2 related disease COVID-19 hit hard and changed the lives of every person on earth, the Vijayanand

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Epigenetics

  The Vijayanand lab has a strong interest in understanding the role of T cell enhancers (epigenetics players) in asthma,

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Genetics of Human Diseases

  While an enormous number of genetic variants have been associated with risk for human disease, how these variants affect

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Vijayanand/Sette/Peters
Human Immune Profiling Consortium

The aim of this work, in collaboration with Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., and Pandurangan Vijayanand, M.D., Ph.D., is to characterize the

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T cell biology and Asthma

  The Vijayanand lab employs genomic and epigenomic tools to understand the molecular basis of asthma, making key contributions in

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Awards & Honors

  • 2007 National Career Development Fellowship