Kevin B. Urdahl, MD, PhD
- Medical/Professional School
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Washington, Seattle
- Clinical Interests
Tuberculosis; Protective immunity against tuberculosis; Tuberculosis vaccines
- Research Description
My laboratory is applying recently-developed immunologic tools to the study of tuberculosis in order to gain a better understanding of T lymphocyte-mediated mechanisms that promote protection against tuberculosis and also mechanisms that suppress immunity and help facilitate persistence of the pathogen. The overall goal of this research is to identify strategies that could contribute to the development of an effective vaccine.
Recently, my laboratory defined a role for a suppressive subset of T lymphocytes that dampens immunity and prevents the immune system from effectively eradicating the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
- Research Focus Area
Host-Pathogen Interaction, Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease, Host: Pathogen Interaction