Immunology research is about understanding how our immune system works in health and disease. It is also about how we can engineer our immune system to treat diseases. There are many different types of immune cells like e.g. T cells, B cells, and dendritic cells. Each cell type has their own unique function, but most of the immune cells also interact with each other.
One of the major breakthroughs in recent years has been immune therapy against cancer by using antibodies (produced by B cells) to block inhibitory molecules (PD1 and PD-L1) on T cells and dendritic cells. The clinical response has been promising so far, but there are still much more to learn from our immune system. Some of the research topics in immunology research are:
- Basic biology of immune cells (e.g. surface molecules, secreted molecules, cell-cell interactions, genetics, and signaling)
- Immune therapy against cancer and other diseases
- Immune related diseases such as autoimmunity
- Systems immunology (analyzing all immune cells at the same time)
- Artificial immune cells for immune therapy
We welcome researchers to submit articles in all fields relating to immunological research.