The Harrison Lab studies the mechanisms controlling host-microbe interactions at barrier tissues, primarily the skin and the gut. We perform our research in a multidisciplinary and collaborative manner, combining in vivo cellular and molecular immunology, using genetic mouse models, microbiology, transcriptomic, and epigenetic analyses, to understand how commensal-specific immunity contributes to tissue homeostasis and repair.
A major research interest in the lab is studying the role of commensal-specific T and B cells in the skin and gastrointestinal tract. To do so, we have generated new reagents, commensal-specific T and B cell tetramers, and T cell receptor transgenic mice, to enable us to identify, profile, and manipulate commensal-specific immune responses following commensal colonization, and during experimental infection and injury.
Our goal is to understand how these immune cells promote barrier tissue integrity and repair, and to understand how this goes awry during disease.
Oliver Harrison, DPhil
Jasmine Labuda, PhD
Sheenam Verma, PhD
Commensal-Specific T cells
Poised homeostatic immunity
Commensal-specific B cells
Using AI and VR to Advance Research
Caroline Stefani, PhD, became fascinated with the immune system while pursuing her doctorate in microbiology. She loved using imaging tools to examine the worlds of cells and bacteria. But one thing frustrated her.
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