Starting this month, we will be beginning a monthly spotlight series of “People in ME/CFS Research.” The first spotlight for January 2018 is on Derya Unutmaz, M.D. Derya is a Professor of Immunology and the Principal Investigator for The Jackson Laboratory ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center. His lab researches the mechanisms of the human immune system in the context of infectious or chronic diseases, cancer, and aging. Recently, I (Courtney) sat down with Derya to ask him some questions about his background and his involvement in ME/CFS – below are his candid responses.
Hey, Derya! Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today. First of all, tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in researching ME/CFS.
Thanks for talking with me, Courtney! I’m currently a Professor of Immunology at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. I’m also affiliated with the UCONN School of Medicine, and I study the human immune system. Before coming here, I was a Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, where I worked for about 8 years. I originally started my lab at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN about 20 years ago. Throughout my career, I’ve always been interested in understanding how the immune system works, and specifically trying to understand the immune system in the context of different diseases.