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.


Update May 2023

There are several good pieces of news to report: (1) Former postdoctoral fellow Patrick Mitchell has been announced as an HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar. This will provide significant support for his new and rapidly growing lab at the University of Washington. Congrats Patrick! (2) We have just welcomed a new graduate student to the lab, …

Welcome aboard, Charlotte

We are all delighted to welcome Charlotte Langner to the lab for her PhD. Charlotte hails from Missoula, Montana where she went to college before spending two years at the NIH as a postbac in Jason Brenchley’s lab studying interactions between the microbiome and SIV. Outside of lab, Charlotte enjoys the great outdoors and is …


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. I cannot take students directly into my lab.
Postdocs: if you are interested in a position for 2022 or beyond, you should contact Russell Vance directly. Include a CV and a statement of why they are interested in the lab.