José Ordovás-Montañés, Ph.D.

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Gastroenterology
Institution
Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Address
300 Longwood Ave.
Enders 6
City, State, ZIP
Boston, MA 02115
Phone
617-919-7692
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://www.ordovasmontaneslab.com/
Research field
Immunology
Award year
2021

Research

The Ordovás-Montañés lab will explore how different cells within a tissue contribute to the initiation and propagation of an inflammatory immune response. Immunity is a delicate balance: while immune cells strive to eliminate infections from “barrier tissues”—including the skin, airways, and intestinal lining—excessive inflammation can cause tissue damage. To achieve this balance, immune cells must act in conjunction with cells that are part of the normal tissue ecosystem. Now, using advanced techniques in cell and molecular immunology, tissue microscopy, and mouse genetics, our lab will dissect the role that non-immune tissue cells play in provoking and perpetuating immunity in mouse skin, nasal mucosa, and colon. We will then assess how these cells contribute to the “tipping point” at which a healthy immune response spirals into a case of chronic inflammation that compromises tissue function—work that could lead to the prevention or reduction of damage that accompanies inflammatory, autoimmune, or infectious diseases.

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