Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Belkaid, Yasmine
Location National Institutes of Health
Primary Field Microbial Biology
Secondary Field Immunology and Inflammation
 Election Citation
Belkaid's work has revolutionized the field of immune regulation. Her work has defined fundamental mechanisms that regulate tissue homeostasis and host immune responses and has uncovered key roles for the commensal microbiota and dietary factors in the maintenance of tissue immunity and protection against pathogens.
 Research Interests
Dr. Belkaid's laboratory explores host-microbe interactions in tissues. Work conducted by her team uncovered factors controlling tissue immunity and immune regulation to microbes. Notably, her team identified immune mediators of pathogen persistence and uncovered a role for regulatory T cells in the control of microbial persistence. Her laboratory also explores the interplay between nutrition and the immune system and uncovered a role for defined metabolites in the control of both tolerance and immunity. Dr. Belkaid's laboratory also explores how the immune system responds and adapts to malnutrition. Finally, her team demonstrated that the microbiota was required for the induction of adaptive immunity to skin and gut pathogens and could control the pathogenic consequences of infections.

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