Center Director

Director Koretzky

Gary Koretzky
Vice Provost for Academic Integration, Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

Koretzky received his MD and PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed clinical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by faculty positions at the University of Iowa, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University. Koretzky’s research focuses on the development and function of the immune system. His group is credited with elucidation of some of the key pathways required for activation of immune cells as they function to protect the host. He has held numerous leadership positions in academic centers including Chief of Rheumatology, Director of Physician Scientist Training Programs, Vice Dean for Research, Dean of Graduate Education, and now Vice Provost. He has been recognized for his contributions in academic medicine with election to the National Academy of Medicinethe American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. In 2021, Koretzky will become President of the American Association of Immunologists. 


Executive Committee

hectorHector Aguilar-Carreno
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Aguilar-Carreno’s research and expertise is in entry, egress, and interactions of enveloped viruses with host cells, with emphasis on emerging paramyxoviruses, vaccine and antiviral strategies.




Avery August
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

The August lab is interested in the role of Tyrosine Kinases (TKs) in regulating the immune response, with the goal of using this information to manipulate immune responses and are specifically interested in the Tec families of non-receptor tyrosine kinases.


Ilana Brito
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

The Brito lab focuses on the mechanisms that underlie microbiome-associates disorders. The lab applies systems biology and precision engineering to develop microbiome-base diagnostics and therapeutics.



Julie Blander
Professor of Immunology in Medicine

The Blander lab studies the mechanisms by which the innate immune system detects and responds to perturbations in homeostasis at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. The lab group studies these responses in the context of infection, cell death, and malignant cellular transformation.


Andrew Clark
Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Andrew Clark is a population geneticist focused on empirical and analytical problems associated with genetic variation in populations.


FowellDeborah Fowell
Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology

The Fowell lab investigates immune function at inflamed tissue sites (infection and autoimmunity) using intravital imaging to study lymphocyte interstitial migration and the spatial control of immune activation.



GrimsonAndrew Grimson
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Grimson lab investigates post-transcriptional gene regulation with two areas of emphasis: first, the function of small RNA regulatory molecules (chiefly microRNAs), and second, the identification and characterization of novel cis-regulatory elements within mRNAs.


LazxaroBrian Lazzaro
Professor of Entomology

Research in the Lazzaro group is focused on the evolutionary genomics of insect-pathogen interactions, emphasizing such questions as how natural selection operates on host immune systems, why individuals vary in susceptibility or resistance to infection, and what dictates whether opportunistic pathogens succeed or fail at establishing infection.


Brian Rudd
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

The Rudd lab is focused on understanding basic principles of immunity against infection and age-related changes that alter the CD8+ T cell immune responses in early life. They also are interested in determining how environmental factors (maternal diet, microbiome, infections) alter immune ontogeny and function.


Bettina Wagner Professor Bettina Wagner
Professor and Chair of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science

The Wagner lab focuses on research in equine immunology with a particular interest in immune responses and protective mechanisms in neonates and young foals. The disease models include intracellular pathogens, such as Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), and allergic diseases especially Culicoides induced skin hypersensitivity.