Susan Kaech

Professor and Director

NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

NOMIS Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos

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How targeting killer T cells in the lungs could lead to immunity against respiratory viruses

LA JOLLA—A significant site of damage during COVID-19 infection is the lungs. Understanding how the lungs’ immune cells are responding to viral infections could help scientists develop a vaccine.

Now, a team of researchers led by Salk Professor Susan Kaech has discovered that the cells responsible for long-term immunity in the lungs can be activated more easily than previously thought. The insight, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on June 11, 2020, could aid in the development of universal vaccines for influenza and the novel coronavirus. Read more »


Education

BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Washington
PhD, Developmental Biology, Stanford University


Awards & Honors

  • Howard Hughes Early Career Scientist, 2009
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2007
  • American Asthma Foundation Investigator, 2007
  • Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award, 2005
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Award, 2005
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biosciences, 2003
  • Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellowship, 1999
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 1993