- Isaac Chiu, Harvard University, USA
Isaac Chiu is Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. The Chiu laboratory focuses on neuro-immune interactions in pain and host defense. Dr. Chiu’s research has uncovered molecular interactions between the nervous system, immune system, and microbes. He has found that neurons directly detect bacteria and their mediators to produce pain. These neurons signal via neuropeptides to immune and epithelial cells in the skin and gut to mediate tissue immunity. Defining neuron-immune-microbe crosstalk could lead to new treatments for inflammation. Dr. Chiu received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Biochemistry, and his PhD thesis in Dr. Michael Carroll’s lab at Harvard Medical School. He then joined Dr. Clifford Woolf’s laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital for a postdoctoral fellowship. He started his independent faculty position at Harvard medical school in 2014. Dr. Chiu has received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Ben Barres Award.
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