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Finding Mentors and Building Networks - Research Excellence Mentorship Program

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Academic Careers; Teaching/Mentoring; Networking Opportunities

May 15, 2019

Speaker(s): Naomi Taylor Vanja Lazarevic
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

Let’s learn about academic careers in immunology.

Dr. Taylor (Pediatric Oncology Branch) and Dr. Lazarevic (Experimental Immunology Branch) will speak about the current challenges and unique career opportunities in the field of immunology, both in the scope of anti-tumor immunotherapy and autoimmune disorders. This event is a great opportunity for you to network, ask questions and learn from two outstanding principal investigators in an informal, relaxed setting.

This “Research Excellence Mentorship Program - Finding Mentors and Building Networks” event will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at 12-1pm in Building 10, Room 4-3330 (temporary graduate student lounge). While the bulk of the session will be discussion-oriented in a group setting, there will be an opportunity for one-on-one networking at the end of the session. Please contact Assaf Magen ( with any questions.



Naomi Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., work combines fundamental and translational approaches to elucidate the metabolic mechanisms regulating T cell differentiation and anti-tumor effector responses, define the elements in the thymus microenvironment that enhance thymocyte differentiation from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), understand the metabolic regulation of tumor growth and its impact on HSC differentiation, and develop novel immunotherapy strategies for the treatment of pediatric cancer and immunodeficiency patients.

Vanja Lazarevic, Ph.D., studies how transcription factors regulate differentiation and effector function of CD4+ T helper (Th) cells in the context of autoimmune disorders with emphasis on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a model for multiple sclerosis. Her research is focused on understanding the molecular basis for functional plasticity of CD4+ Th cells and identifying CD4+ T cell-specific, pathogenicity-associated genes required for initiation and propagation of inflammation. Transcription factor T-bet has been linked to the development of several autoimmune diseases.