Dr. Avery August will discuss “Nature vs. Nurture: Tuning
CD8+ T cell Responses” on Tuesday, June 10 at 3
p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His presentation is
a special Tuesday version of the NIH Director’s Wednesday
Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).
August has made critical discoveries in the area of T cell
signaling. His work has focused on the Tec family of nonreceptor
tyrosine kinases in T cell function in the development
of allergies and asthma and in the development
of specific T cell populations. He has also made important discoveries on the
function of eosinophils in regulating the development of allergic asthma.
For the WALS lecture, he poses the question: Are T cell immune responses more
dependent on the properties of the antigen-specific receptors generated in the
thymus during their development or the amount of signal that the T cell receives
when the T cell receptor interacts with MHC complexes?
Since 2010, August has held the position of professor of immunology and chair
of the department of microbiology & immunology at Cornell University College
of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to Cornell, he was a distinguished professor of
immunology in the department of veterinary & biomedical sciences and director
of the Center for Molecular Immunology & Infectious Disease at Pennsylvania
State University, where he started as an assistant professor in 1999.
There will be a reception and an opportunity to talk with the speaker in the NIH
Library following the lecture.