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We study the interactions between pathogens and the innate immune system.

Infection is a constant threat to all living things. Most of us are oblivious of this threat because our immune system does a remarkable job of eliminating infectious microbes before they cause symptoms. We are interested in understanding how the immune system detects the presence of infectious microbes. We use all the tools of modern molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, to dissect the fundamental mechanisms that provide host defense. We are also interested in understanding the mechanisms by which pathogens evade host immunity and cause disease.

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Congrats to Kristen Witt on NSF Fellowship

The lab was thrilled to learn that Kristen Witt has been awarded an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship. Kristen is studying the regulation of the interferon response to infection, with a particular eye towards dissecting its biochemical and structural basis. We are all happy for Kristen to earn this well-deserved ego-boost just before her qualifying exam …

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The Vance Lab is located on the 4th floor of the Life Science Addition on the UC Berkeley campus. We are adjacent to eight other labs within the Immunology Division of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. We are also near the Cancer Research Laboratory Flow Cytometry Facility.

 

Available Positions

Undergraduates & Interns: There are currently no positions available for undergraduate researchers. Positions will be advertised on the workstudy site when they are available. Generally, there are no positions available for short-term internships.
Graduate students: Prospective PhD students interested in joining the lab must first apply and be admitted to the MCB PhD graduate program.
Postdocs: if you are interested in a position for 2019 or beyond, you should contact Russell Vance directly. Include a CV and a statement of why they are interested in the lab.