Derya Unutmaz, M.D.

Professor

Researches the mechanisms of human T cell differentiation, activation and regulation in the contexts of normal immune response, diseases and aging.

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Farmington, CT

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Our research primarily focuses on decoding the differentiation, activation and regulation of human T cells for optimal immune responses to infectious diseases and their perturbations during chronic diseases or aging. We have contributed to the understanding of how T cell subsets are disrupted during human diseases, especially during HIV infection. Our lab has made several seminal discoveries about the diversity and mechanisms of immune suppression mediated by regulatory T cells and effect or functions of human Th17 cell subsets.

Education and experience

Education

1996-1999
Postdoctoral fellow, immunology
Howard Hughes Medical and Skirball Institute, New York University, New York, NY
Adv: Dan Littman, M.D., Ph.D.

1993-1996
Postdoctoral fellow, immunology
Immunobiology Research Institute, Novartis and Chiron Corp., Siena, Italy
Adv: Sergio Abrignani, M.D., Ph.D.

1991-1993
Postdoctoral fellow, immunology
Immunology department, Novartis, Basel, Switzerland
Adv: Sergio Abrignani, M.D., Ph.D., and Antonio Lanzavecchia, M.D.

1991
M.D.
Marmara University Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey

Experience

2014-
Professor
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT

2013-2014
Professor of Microbiology, Pathology and Medicine New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

2010-2013
Associate Professor of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

2008-2013
Associate Professor of Pathology
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

2006-2013
Associate Professor of Microbiology
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

2005-2006
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

1999-2005
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine, Nashville, TN