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Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of immunobiology and molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale School of Medicine, will present the annual WALS Rolla E. Dyer Lecture at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Her talk is titled “Antiviral Defense Mechanisms at the Mucosal Surfaces.”
Iwasaki’s laboratory is trying to understand how immunity is initiated and maintained at mucosal surfaces for pathogens that are of significant worldwide health concern. Her lab is investigating how viruses are recognized (innate immunity) and how that information is used to generate protective adaptive immunity. In particular, she studies immune responses to herpes simplex viruses in the genital tract and influenza infection in the lung.
The Dyer Lecture features internationally renowned researchers who have contributed substantially to medical as well as biological knowledge of infectious diseases. Established in 1950, the lecture series honors former NIH director Dr. Rolla E. Dyer, a noted authority on infectious diseases.