Presented by Vinidhra Mani
The skin is our first barrier to entry of pathogens. The tightly regulated immune system in our skin provides us with a robust arsenal to combat potential invaders, yet also has checkpoints to ensure that the battlefields don’t harm our own bodies in return. How does immunity in the skin protect us? How can we bolster our barrier defenses through vaccination strategies or prevent the immune system from becoming over-activated? In this lecture, we will talk about how we can harness the power of the immune system for therapeutics purposes, and emphasize the model systems and new technologies, such as two-photon microscopy, that we use to study immunity at the skin barrier.