Division of Infection and Immunity


IIT Virtual Seminar | Dr Georgia Perona-Wright

17 September 2020, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

'Location, location, location: How tissue-based signals dictate T cell metabolism and function'

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Dr Anne Pesenacker

Dr Georgia Perona-Wright (Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow) will be speaking at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Seminar Series on Thursday 17 September. The seminar will be held virtually over Microsoft Teams.

All are welcome to attend. Please contact Fran Jackson (f.jackson@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to join the seminar, or meet the speaker.

About the speaker

Immune responses can be both protective and pathological. The best response to an infection is one that is strong enough to clear the pathogen, but not so strong that it also damages the host. The Perona Lab aims to understand how the balance between these two outcomes is achieved.  Dr Perona-Wright is especially interested in the interaction between coincident, opposing cytokines: What dictates the appropriate polarization of an immune response to infection? Do these instructions affect bystander cells, not specific for the original pathogen? How does cytokine cross-talk affect the immune response during co-infection, when multiple pathogens strike at once?  Can the cytokine network be manipulated for therapeutic gain?

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