Andrea Liu of the School of Arts and Sciences blogs about her collaborative research with Christopher Hunter, Tajie Harris and David Christian of the School of Veterinary Medicine about T cells that hunt parasites.
Christopher Hunter and Tajie Harris of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Andrea Liu and Edward Banigan of the School of Arts and Sciences are cited for their research about T cells that hunt parasites.
A cross-disciplinary research team at Penn has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells, which comprise a key part of the immune system, track down parasites using a movement strategy similar to those used by predators such as sharks, monkeys, and blue-fin tuna to hunt prey.
PHILADELPHIA — By pairing an intimate knowledge of immune-system function with a deep understanding of statistical physics, a cross-disciplinary team at the University of Pennsylvania has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells use a movement strategy to track down parasites that is similar to strategies that predators such as monkeys, sharks and blue-fin tuna use to hunt their prey.
The goal of a hospital it to make patients well, but hospital-acquired infections can result in just the opposite. That’s why infection control has become a top priority in medical facilities — and, increasingly, in veterinary settings as well.
Gray skies and a light sprinkle couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as 5,858 graduates made their way to Franklin Field for Penn’s 256th Commencement on May 14.