2022 R. G. E. Murray Lectureship

On May 4th, 2023 the Department of Microbiology & Immunology welcomes Dr. Vijay Kuchroo as our 2022-2023 R.G.E. Murray Annual Lecturer.

Dr. Vijay Kuchroo

Dr. Vijay Kuchroo is a professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Brigham Research Institute, Boston. Dr. Kuchroo’s research focuses on autoimmune diseases — particularly the role of co-stimulation—the genetic basis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and multiple sclerosis, as well as cell surface molecules and regulatory factors that regulate the induction of T cell tolerance and dysfunction. The Kuchroo laboratory was also the first to describe the TIM family of genes and identified Tim-3 as an inhibitory receptor expressed on T cells, which is now being exploited for cancer immunotherapy. He was the first to describe the development of highly pathogenic Th17 cells, which have been shown to induce multiple different autoimmune diseases in humans. One of his papers describes the development of Th17, which is one of the most cited papers in the field of Immunology.