Irah King

photo of Dr. Irah King: research focus is on how immune cells communicate with their local environment to promote protective immune responses relevant to human disease., with a focus on immunity at barrier sites such as the gut, skin and lungPosition
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University

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Research Interests

The focus of our research is to understand how immune cells communicate with their local environment to promote protective immune responses relevant to human disease. We are particularly interested in immunity at barrier sites such as the gut, skin and lung as these tissues face the complex task of maintaining homeostasis while directly interacting with the outside world.

Ongoing studies include:

1. The molecular mechanisms of CD4+ T cell differentiation following intestinal helminth infection.
2. The gut-lung axis in the context of infectious disease
3. Innate immune mechanisms of disease tolerance during intestinal helminth infection.
4. Regulation of skin-resident IL-17-producing T cells in the context of psoriatic-like inflammation.
5. The impact of bacteriophages on innate immunity and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Contact Information

Meakins-Christie Laboratories
RI-MUHC, Block E
Office EM2.2232
Lab E02.41264
1001 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal QC H4A 3J1
Canada

Tel: 514-934-1934 Ext. 35260 (lab)
Tel
: 514-934-1934 Ext. 76185 (office)
Tel: 514-934-1934 Ext. 76172 (admin)
Fax: 514-933-3962
E-Mailirah.king@mcgill.ca

 

Education & Training

BA (Psychology), Ohio University, 2000
MSc (Physical Therapy), U Pittsburgh, 2002
PhD (Immunology), U Rochester, 2008
PDF Trudeau Institute, 2012