Immunology & Aging Program 

Although many age-related changes in the immune system have been described, little is known about the mechanisms that bring about the decline in immune function in the elderly. Research in immunogerontology must continue in order to unravel the mysteries of aging and to provide future solutions to the challenges that our aging population will face in the 21st century. The Immunology & Aging Program is comprised of a group of research scientists at Loyola University Medical Center who are interested in addressing mechanisms of aging of the immune system in order to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

Goals of the Program

  1. Foster new endeavors in immunology research as they apply to issues in aging and age-related diseases.
  2. Offer training and educational opportunities in immunology and cell biology research, with emphasis on aging issues.
  3. Bring together basic scientists and clinicians to identify new areas of research and possible clinical applications through collaborative efforts.

Master and doctoral training is available in Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy as well as other Interdepartmental Programs

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Post-doctoral Training is also available through Interdepartmental Labs

Areas of Research

  • Basic Mechanisms of Lymphocyte Development & Homeostasis
  • Immunosenecense
  • Regulation of Cytokine Production
  • Hormonal Regulation of the Immune Response
  • Inflammation and Wound Healing
  • Immune Activation
  • Vaccine Development
  • Age Related Changes in the Heart

Summer Internships are often available for undergraduate and medical students.

Participating Faculty

Pamela L. Witte, PhD, Professor
Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Director: Immunology and Aging Program

Phong T. Le, PhD, Professor
Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Interdepartmental Faculty

Manuel O. Diaz, MD Professor
Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center

Makio Iwashima, PhD Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Katherine L. Knight, PhD Professor & Chair
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

For More Information, Contact : Pamela L. Witte, PhD