Our Research

The Infectious and Immunologic Diseases Research Center has an extensive faculty dedicated to basic, translational and clinical research in infectious and immunologic diseases. Under the leadership of Drs. Vijay Kuchroo, Dan Kuritzkes, and Arlene Sharpe, the Infectious and Immunologic Diseases Research Center takes an integrated approach to both infectious and immune-mediated diseases necessary to better prevent, diagnose and treat them. Our research encompasses infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as many aspects of basic immune responses in inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases.


Immune system suppression is critical to inpatients who have had an organ transplant where a critical balance must be achieved; without immunosuppressive drugs, their bodies will recognize the organ as foreign and reject it but with too much suppression their immune systems cease to respond to infections. To overcome this challenge, our researchers are learning how to reprogram the immune system and induce tolerance to donated organs.


Specific and targeted manipulation of the immune system is also critical in diseases involving an overactive immune system, such as arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis and ulcerative colitis. Our researchers are examining the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the development of these conditions.




Our Departmental Affiliates

The BWH-BRI Infectious and Immunologic Diseases Research Center supports transformative interdisciplinary research, engaging the talent and resources of a diverse group of investigators. Research is conducted by physicians and scientists from the departments of Dermatology, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, and Surgery.




Our Investigators

BWH investigators are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to advances in infectious and immunological diseases research as recipients of prestigious awards including membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Kuwait Prize for Sciences and the National MS Society/American Academy of Neurology’s 2007 John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research. Researchers in the center have been awarded specialized grants to conduct interdisciplinary research, including a Marshall A. Lichtman Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and NIH NIAID MERIT award.




Learn More

For more information about the Infectious and Immunologic Diseases Research Center, email bwhbri@partners.org.