Division of Infection and Immunity


IIT Seminar | Dr Andreas Wack

31 March 2022, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

'Lung Epithelia under Attack: Infection, Interferons, Inflammation.'

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Dr Anne Pesenacker

Dr Andreas Wack (Francis Crick Institute) will be speaking at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Seminar Series on Thursday 31 March.

All are welcome to attend. Please contact Hanh Gurr (h.gurr@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to join the seminar, or meet the speaker.

About the speaker

Born and bred in Frankfurt, Dr Andreas Wack studied in Konstanz and Milan and did his PhD on thymocyte development at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mill Hill in the north of London. Dr Wack then moved to the research institute of Novartis Vaccines in Siena, Italy, where he worked on the modulation of human T and NK cell function by the hepatitis C virus, on human dendritic cells, the mechanism of action of vaccine adjuvants, and on next generation influenza vaccines. In 2009 Dr Wack returned to academia, starting his own group at the NIMR that became part of the Francis Crick Institute in 2015.

The Wack Lab is interested in the responses of airway epithelia and innate immune cells to respiratory viral infection and to viral-bacterial co-infection, aiming to identify determinants of immunopathology and protection. Their work has contributed the understanding of interferon action, describing unique and redundant roles of type I and type III interferons in antiviral responses, inflammation-driven pathology and lung epithelial damage and repair. The group also works on the differentiation of lung epithelia and on long-term effects that acute infections have on lung immunity.

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