The Center for Immunology is an interdisciplinary research program at the University of Minnesota devoted to advancing the field of immunology and educating future immunologists.

Autoimmunity Cancer Vaccines Cures

  • Beura, Et Al, Nature Immunology paper 19,173-182 (2018)

    Intravital mucosal imaging of CD8+ resident memory T cells shows tissue-autonomous recall responses that amplify secondary memory

    Using two-photon intravital microscopy to visualize the responses of CD8resident memory T cells (Trm cells), Post Doctoral fellows in Masopust, Vezys, and Fife labs found that the Trm cells were highly motile but would pause and undergo in situ division after antigen challenge. Read more

  • Co-housing with pet store mice changes the immune system of laboratory mice

     Nature  highlights the work of Lalit Beura, Sara Hamilton, Marc Jenkins, Vaiva Vezys, Steve Jameson, Dave Masopust, and their evidence of how laboratory rodents can skew immunology research but that "dirty mice" can clean up the results. Read more

  • Cutting Edge: Dual TCRa Expression Poses an Autoimmune Hazard by Limiting Regulatory T cell Generation

    In cutting edge research performed by the students and Post Doctoral fellows in the labs of Fife, Hogquist and Binstadt the hypothesis that dual TCR expression can promote autoimmunity by limiting agonist selection of self-reactive thymocytes is revisited . Read more 

  • The purinergic receptor P2RX7 directs metabolic fitness of long-lived memory CD8+ T cells

    In an article published July 2018 in Nature postdoctoral fellows in the Jameson and Masopust labs, Drs. Borges da Silva and Beura, et al. show that P2RX7 is required for the establishment, maintenance and functionality of long-lived central and tissue-resident memory CD8+ T cell populations in mic. Read more

  • CD8αα+ Intraepithelial Lymphocytes Arise from Two Major Thymic Precursors

    In an article published in Nature Immunology, Post Doctoral Fellows Ruscher and Lee from the Hogquist and Jameson lab wanted to better define the thymic IEL precursor, and were able to provide an important foundation for understanding the biology of CD8αα IELs. Read More

  • CD301b/MGL2+ Mononuclear Phagocytes Orchestrate Autoimmune Cardiac Valve Inflammation and Fibrosis

    CD301b/MGL2+ MNP's are key drivers of autoimmune MVD in K/B.g7 mice and in human RHD. Research led by MSTP student Lee Meier in the lab of Dr. B. Binstadt define key inflammatory molecules that drive MVD in hopes of identifying potential therapeutic targets for clinical use. Read More


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"Science is a team sport...but one contribution can be a game changer for the field of T cell immunology" Jeffery Bluestone

In the July 2018 issue of Nature Reviews Immunology, Jeffery Bluestone recalls his first meeting with a dedicated postdoc in Ron Schwartz’s lab at the NIH.  This encounter with Marc Jenkins changed the way that Bluestone viewed T cell tolerance.  In the article, Bluestone notes that key discoveries made by Jenkins have led to the discovery of cell surface molecules that turn off activated T cells. These findings have given rise to the field of checkpoint inhibition leading to the development of therapies for autoimmunity, cancer, and transplantation. Read more...

Dr. Marc Jenkins, director of the Center for Immunology, is named a University of Minnesota Regents Professor


The Center for Immunology would like to congratulate Dr. Marc Jenkins, as he is bestowed one of the University of Minnesota's highest honors, the Regents Professorship. This program not only recognizes the national and international prominence of the faculty member, but it also acknowledges the exceptional contributions that have been made to the University through teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and collaboration with others.

Dr. Jenkins exemplifies all the characteristics of a Regents Professor and is one of the world’s most distinguished immunologists. Dr. Jenkins will be honored at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, September 14, 2018.  


'Dirty Mouse’ Colony Converts to a Core Facility


In 2015, the Dirty Mouse Colony was formed to fill the needs of researchers interested in enabling the transfer of microorganisms from dirty mice to the standard SPF mouse. This facility can house your specific laboratory strains of mice with mice which carry numerous microbes, allowing you to pursue experiments in this unique model. Animals are housed in a BSL-3 containment facility which includes a stand-alone research suite with secure access through a common ante-room. The core is now open to all researchers at the University of Minnesota on a fee-for-use basis. Contact Sara Hamilton Hart ( if you are interested in taking advantage of this unique resource. For more info click here


Dr. Sara Hamilton-Hart awarded the 2018 Careers in Immunology Fellowship by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)

Sarah and Matt

Dr. Sara Hamilton Hart has been awarded an American Association of Immunologists 2018 Careers in Immunology Fellowship. The fellowship supports the career development of young scientists by providing eligible PIs with one year of salary support for a trainee in their lab.  Postdoctoral trainee, Dr. Mathew Huggins will receive salary support for his work on the effect of previous immune experience on T cell functionality and how this alters the ability to respond to new challenges in Hamilton Hart’s laboratory. Congratulations to both Drs. Hamilton Hart and Huggins.


Registration is open for Chainbreaker18

The fundraising total for the inaugural Chainbreaker bike ride, a two-wheeled grassroots movement to end cancer,  was announced on January 18, 2018, at a celebration at Surly Brewing Co. The 1,012 riders raised $1.38 million for UMN cancer research. $34,000 of that total was raised by the 14 riders of the Checkpoint Bikers peloton from the CFI and Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The rider-raised funds will be used for grants on the role that the microbiome plays in cancer. The 2018 campaign is already underway. If you would like to ride with the Checkpoint Bikers on August 11-12, 2018, register here.

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