Ayoob & Fishilevich NIH R21 Grant

Congratulations to Joseph C. Ayoob and Elane Fishilevich who received an NIH R21 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the “Eat-Me Signaling Cascade in Apoptotic Cell Engulfment”. To prevent inflammation and autoimmunity, our bodies must remove more than a billion dying cells each day, since defects in the cell removal can upset homeostasis and cause autoimmune disorders and other diseases. By identifying new “eat-me” signals in dying cells, which trigger their engulfment and removal by phagocytic cells, the lab hopes to provide new targets for treatment and drug design.