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Catherine Blish

The Blish lab is focused on using a systems immunology approach to develop new methods to prevent and control infectious diseases. Our studies are highly translational in nature, bringing comprehensive immune profiling techniques such as mass cytometry to clinical and epidemiologic studies of HIV transmission and influenza vaccination. We are particularly interested in the role of NK cells in viral immunity, the etiology behind the susceptibility of pregnant women to viruses, and the impact of viral diversity and escape in the interplay between the virus and the host immune response.