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.


Annual Barton-Vance Picnic and Bocce Tourney Ends with Sugar Daddies Victory

The 11th annual joint Barton Lab-Vance Lab picnic and bocce tournament was held at Lake Temescal today in winter-like conditions. The weather proved no impediment to the eventual tourney victors, The Sugar Daddies (Greg and Russell), who emerged victorious despite some especially valiant competition from Team Enthusiasm (Kathleen and Beth) in the finals. (Updated 6-13-18 …


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.