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Vol. LXVI, No. 12
June 6, 2014
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August To Give WALS Lecture, June 10

Dr. Avery August
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.


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