Ting appointed founding Director of the Center for Translational Immunology

Jenny Pan-Yun Ting, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed as the founding Director of the Center for Translational Immunology, effective September 1, 2008.

Dr. Ting is also a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, for which she serves as the LCCC's Immunology program leader. In addition to her appointment as an Alumni Distinguished Professor (1997), she has also been recognized by UNC with a Jefferson Pilot Award (1987) and a Hettleman Award for Scholastic Achievement (1993). Nationally, she served on NIH and Multiple Sclerosis study sections, has been awarded the American Society of Microbiology Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Immunology and Immunity, and has been as associate editor and section editor of the Journal of Immunology. Her 135 publications in high-impact journals have opened up new areas of research in molecular immunology with insight and precision.

The Center for Translational Immunology (CTI) will be composed of members from the basic sciences with the scientific training in molecular and biochemical immunology, genetics and/or an ability to translate findings in the bench to the bedside; clinical scientists with the potential to develop a strong clinical trials program, and with strong and solid understanding or training in basic immunology; an MD/PhDs or MDs with a strong record of basic science training and clinical experience. The CTI will be synergistic with the Departments of Microbiology-Immunology, Medicine, Radiology, and Surgery. Additionally, there will be strong collaborations with numerous centers and programs including the Infectious Disease Center, the Center for AIDS Research, the Gene Therapy Center, the Dental School, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Carolina Vaccine Institute.

Dr. Ting will also serve as co-Director of the Inflammatory Disease Institute (IDI) with Dr. David Peden, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology (CEMALB). In her new positions, Dr. Ting will lead the expansion of our already outstanding scientific programs in all aspects of inflammation.