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Lymphocyte Development Section

Jyoti Misra Sen, M.Sc., Ph.D., Chief

Research in our laboratory focuses on the study of immune cell development and function.  In particular, we address the development of conventional and innate immune cells in the thymus and the generation of gut-associated immune cells and the microbiome. We are interested in understanding the role of immune cells, gut-associated immune cells and the microbiome in the development of age-related chronic systemic inflammation and age-related neurological ailments including EAE, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ongoing projects include:

Study of transcription factors that regulate the development, maintenance and aging of thymic lymphocytes as well as epithelial cells.

Study of innate and adaptive immune cells in chronic neurological diseases.

Development of age-associated changes in gut-associated microbiome.

Age-associated systemic inflammation and its role in chronic neurological diseases.

Portfolio/Research Areas

  • Immunology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics

Findings and Selected Publications:

Yu, Q., Sharma, A., Oh, S. Y., Moon, H. G., Hossain, M. Z., Salay, T. M., Leeds, K. E., Du, H., Wu, B., Waterman, M. L., Zhu, Z., Sen. J. M. T cell factor 1 initiates the T helper type 2 fate by inducing the transcription factor GATA-3 and repressing interferon-gamma. Nature Immunology. 9:992-9, 2009.

Sharma, A., Chen, Q., Nguyen, T., Yu, Q. and Sen, J. M. T cell factor-1 and β-catenin control the development of memory-like CD8 thymocytes. Journal of Immunology. 188:3859-68, 2012. **Published with a comment, which accompanies the top 10% papers.

Sharma, A., Berga-Bolanos, R. and Sen, J. M. T cell factor-1 controls the lifetime of CD4+ CD8+ thymocytes in vivo and distal T cell receptor alpha-chain rearrangement required for NKT cell development. PLoS ONE, 9 (12), e0115803. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115803, 2014.

Berga-Bolanos, R., Sharma, A., Steinke, F. C., Pyaram, K., Kim, Y-H., Sultana, A. F., Fang, J. X., Chang, C-H., Xue, H-H., Heller, N. M. and Sen, J. M. Beta-Catenin is required for the differentiation of iNKT2 and iNKT17 cells that augment IL-25-dependent lung inflammation. BMC Immunology. 16:62-72, 2015. 

Wu, T., Shin, H. M., Moseman, E. A., Ji, Y., Huang, B., Harly, C., Sen, J. M., Berg, L. J., Gattinoni, L., McGavern, D. B. and Schwartzberg, P. L. TCF1 is required for the T follicular helper cell response to viral infection. Cell Reports 12:2099-110, 2015