Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases


Weekly Colloquium, Spring 2023

Friday, 9-10.50 am, Keating Bioresearch Building, Rm. 103
Or join by ZOOM:

01/2023   –   04/2023

March – April  Schedule

March 17      Erika von Mutius (Helmholtz/U.Munich)    From the Hygiene Hypothesis to the Microbiome
March 24     Mihai Netea (Radboud U.)     Trained Immunity: A Memory for Innate Host Defense
March 31      Susan Lynch (UCSF)  
Microbial Future-Proofing – How Early Life Microbiomes Shape Childhood Health
April  7         Jack Gilbert (UCSD)     Adventures in the Microbial World
April  14       Jake Lusis (UCLA)    Tissue-Tissue Crosstalk in Complex Disease 
April  21       Eran Elinav (Weizmann I.)   
Targeted Suppression of Human IBD-Associated Gut Microbiota Commensals by Phage Consortia for Treatment of Intestinal Inflammation
April  28      Justin Sonnenburg (Stanford)   
Gut Microbiome, Industrialization, and the Rise of Chronic Inflammatory Disease


Donata Vercelli has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a distinct honor in the scientific community.


New publications

Vercelli D. and S.V. Lynch. Interactions between host epigenetics and microbiota: Who does what to whom, when and why? Perspective, J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.

Pivniouk V. and Vercelli D. The OM-85 bacterial lysate: A new tool against SARS-CoV-2? Multidiscip. Respir. Med. 18:906


HRH King Charles III hosted a global symposium of allergy scientists — Natasha Allergy Research Foundation –

Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, Professor of Immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton, a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, who has successfully campaigned for air pollution to be recognised as an asthma-related cause of death. Speakers included: Tari Haahtela, Professor of the University of Helsinki in Finland, who introduced the theory in 2011 that global loss of …


Avery’s paper was accepted for publication!

DeVries, A., K. McCauley, D. Fadrosh, K. Lynch, K.E. Fujimura, D.A. Stern, S.V. Lynch, and D. Vercelli. Maternal prenatal immunity, neonatal trained immunity, and early airway microbiota shape childhood asthma development. Allergy 2022 Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/all.15442. Online ahead of print.
PMID: 35841380


We have a visiting scholar, Varna Sree Kumar, participating in the Global Research Internship, a dual-degree program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine facilitated by the University of Arizona and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in India.