Friday, September 16, 2016

At the Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases 5th Annual Retreat, Ms. Itani received a travel award for her poster presentation and work pertaining to CD8 T cell regulation in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model of multiple sclerosis. Ms. Itani is a PhD student in the Immunology program, doing her doctoral thesis work in Dr. Nitin Karandikar's laboratory. Her research focus involves using infection with Listeria monocytogenes to present CNS antigen endogenously to class I-restricted CD8 T cells, and gauging the subsequent response of those cells in inflammatory demyelinating disease.