Ramnik Xavier is the Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Institute Member at the Broad Institute. In addition to his roles as co-director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT and director of the Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Recent findings in the laboratory have helped elucidate the role of autophagy, a cellular process that digests and recycles proteins, in the development of Crohn’s disease. His team has also discovered novel immune regulatory genes involved in innate and adaptive immunity, identified innate immune pathways that sense microbial invaders, and pinpointed metabolic stress programs in immunity.
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