Archived articles

Immunology

Faculty news
Molecular biologist Erika Pearce joins Johns Hopkins as Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Published April 6, 2021
A leading expert in the field of immunometabolism, she comes to the university from the Max Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics
Coronavirus
Study suggests immunosuppressive drugs do not contribute to severity of COVID-19
Published Jan 13, 2021
A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that individuals who are taking immunosuppressive drugs do not fare worse than others when they are hospitalized with COVID-19
Seasonal flu
Fast-spreading mutation helps common flu subtype escape human immune response
Published July 15, 2020
Unlike the novel coronavirus, which has been shown to mutate slowly, strains of influenza virus have acquired a mutation that blocks antibodies from binding to a key viral protein, making vaccine development more complex
Q+A
Asymptomatic spread makes COVID-19 hard to contain
Published May 12, 2020
Immunologist Gigi Gronvall discusses the challenges of tracing the spread of coronavirus, the importance of testing, and the dangerous appeal of "immunity passports"
Q+A
COVID-19: Immunity and seasonality
Published March 30, 2020
Immunologist Andrew Pekosz discusses urgent questions about the novel coronavirus, including whether anyone is immune to the virus and whether it will ebb in warmer months
Microbiology
Mission will put melanin's superpower to the test
Published Nov 1, 2019
Melanin samples are headed to the International Space Station, where their ability to protect against harmful radiation will be explored
Immune system
Hopkins study examines patients with rare natural ability to suppress HIV
Published Dec 26, 2018
Findings suggest that patients can be in 'HIV remission' despite having a large reservoir of infected cells
Pioneering immunologist joins Hopkins faculty
Published Dec 12, 2018
Nilabh Shastri becomes university's 38th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor after spending past 30 years pursuing immune surveillance research at UC Berkeley
Studies to explore immune responses to flu shots
Published Nov 6, 2018
Johns Hopkins gets $8M NIH grant to look at differences in how men, women respond to flu shots
Immunology
Why men might recover from the flu faster than women
Published July 17, 2018
Male mice infected with influenza produce more of a growth factor protein that promotes lung healing