Identification of T cell epitopes that are relevant in the pathogenesis and progression of pediatric SLE.
Francesca Giannoni, Ph.D.
University of California-San Diego
San Diego, California
Dr. Giannoni’s project consists of the identification and characterization of the self-proteins thought to cause inflammation in children with lupus. They hope to determine which of these self-proteins trigger the hyper-reactivity of the immune system and their role in the origin of the disease. Molecules derived from these self-proteins could be used in the future for the treatment of lupus.