Jessica A. Hamerman, PhD

Associate Member
Office Phone: 
206-287-1077

Background Information

Jessica Hamerman received her BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her PhD in Immunology from the University of Washington. She then pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco before joining the Benaroya Research Institute Immunology Program in 2006. Dr. Hamerman is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Area of Research

Projects in Dr. Hamerman’s laboratory are focused on understanding the regulation of the inflammatory response of macrophages and dendritic cells, two types of white blood cells involved in the early defense against infection. Although this inflammatory response is beneficial to the host for pathogen clearance, it can be detrimental if unchecked. This can be seen in septic shock as well as in autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Hamerman’s studies will not only help elucidate how the inflammatory response is regulated during infection, but will potentially give insights in how to manipulate the innate immune system to achieve more efficient elimination of pathogens and to regulate the inflammatory response during disease.

Hamerman Laboratory

Immunology Research Program