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EMBO Member

Jim Kaufman

University of Edinburgh | United Kingdom

EMBO 2018

Structure, function and evolution of immunity

My lab is interested in the evolution of immunity in the broadest sense, but focuses mainly on the chicken MHC as a major determinant of immune response and disease resistance in a model organism and an important food source. We develop scenarios for the origin and evolution of the adaptive immune system, underpin the global poultry industry, and discover phenomena difficult to discern in the more complicated immune systems of mammals.

Keywords: Evolution / immune system / MHC / immunogenetics / disease resistance

Subject area(s): Genomic & Computational Biology | Immunology | Evolution & Ecology