The Open Immunology Journal




ISSN: 1874-2262 ― Volume 9, 2019

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Editor-in-Chief:

A. Mouzaki (Biography
A. Mouzaki

Athanasia Mouzaki, PhD, is a Professor of Laboratory Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Immunohematology Research Laboratory, Division of Hematology, Dpt. of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Patras, Greece. Her training and research interests are in basic and clinical immunology with emphasis on T-cells and cytokines and their functions and malfunctions in immunopathology including autoimmunity, transplantation, infectious diseases and neoplasias. She is the recipient of 27 research grants and has published 111 papers.

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Department of Internal Medicine
University of Patras
Patras
Greece



Co-Editors:

H.M. Ashour (Biography
H.M. Ashour

Dr. Hossam M. Ashour is currently Endowed Associate Professor of Premedical Sciences at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Dr. Ashour completed his Ph.D. (in 2006) in Immunology from University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA. His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas of Microbiology and Immunology. He is currently interested in the study of immune tolerance and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Ashour, as an author/co-author, has published more than 35 articles in various journals, having over 620 total citations.

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University of South Florida
St. Petersburg, FL
USA

Ryuichi Morishita (Biography
Ryuichi Morishita

Prof. Morishita received over 20 awards from various academic societies.

He is currently on the editorial board of over 30 scientific journals.He has published over 400 original articles and review papers. Currently, he is a member of Regulatory Affairs and also Strategic Adviser of Health Care & Medical Strategy in Abe Cabinet. He is also Special Strategic Adviser in Osaka City and Osaka Prefecture. His professional activities & appointments include Committee for Industry-Academia Relationship, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan, Vice Chairman, Bio-Venture Association Originated from Universities, and others.

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Department of Clinical Gene Therapy
Osaka University
Suita
Japan


Associate Editor:

Q. Zhang (Biography
Q. Zhang

I received my Ph.D. degree in Pulmonary Medicine from Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China. In 2010, I worked as a visiting scholar in the department of internal medicine at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. Currently, I am working as associate chief physician, associate professor and director in the department of respiratory medicine at Changzhou No.2 People’s Hospital affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, and as postdoctor in Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China. I am interested in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, molecular biology, allergy and immunology.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine
Nanjing Medical University
Changzhou
China


Regional Editors:

Satya N. Das (Biography
Satya N. Das

Prof. Satya N Das, obtained PhD degree from Banaras Hindu University. He is an active member of American Association and a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences. He has mentored more than 100 PG and doctoral students as guide/co-guide and published more than 120 research papers in peer-reviewed National and International journals and 25 book chapters in the area of immunology and Molecular Biology of Cancer. He edited books, ‘Essentials of Biotechnology for students’ and ‘Biotechnology in Medicine and Herbal Drug Development’. He has served Indian Immunology Society. His major area of research interest is Immunology and Molecular Biology of Cancer.

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Department of Biotechnology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Ansari Nagar
New Delhi

Mohlopheni J. Marakalala (Biography
Mohlopheni J. Marakalala

Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala obtained PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2008. Postdoctoral training on innate immunology (UCT), 2008-2012. Second Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2015) at Harvard TH Chan School of Public (HSPH) in immunology and infectious diseases. Currently a Senior Lecturer in Immunology at UCT; also a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, HSPH. Primary interest is on pathways that drive immunopathology during Tuberculosis progression, with a foucs on lung inflammation and granuloma progression. I am also interested in macrophage-Mtb interactions with a focus on innate immune receptors (CLRs) that recognize mycobacterial PAMPs to induce a protective immunity.

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Dept of Pathology
University of Cape Town
Cape Town
South Africa


Editorial Board Members:

J.A. Allan (Biography
J.A. Allan

Dr. Allan graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. (magna cum laude) in Chemistry, and subsequently M.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Medical School. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Transplantation Immunology at the Center for Transplantation Sciences of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Allan is on the active clinical staff in Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an NIH-funded principal investigator in the area of lung transplantation, with a focus on tolerance induction and xenotransplantation. Dr. Allan is a Past-President of the American Society of Transplantation.

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Department of Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
USA

A. Blum (Biography
A. Blum

Prof. Arnon Blum received his MD at the Technion, specialized in Internal Medicine at Hebrew University, and then in Cardiology at Tel-Aviv University. Since 1999, Prof. Arnon Blum has been the Director of the Internal Medicine Ward at Baruch Padeh Medical Center—Poriya, Tiberias. Prof. Blum further concentrated on Vascular Biology and Vascular Stem Cell research, receiving his training at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA; 1997-1999 and 2006-2008). In 2011-12, he was invited as a visiting Professor at the University of Miami, where he discovered a key mechanism that explains the beneficial effects of cell transplantation to the failing heart. Prof. Blum has published more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Azrieli Faculty of Medicine
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan
Israel

R. Cheynier (Biography
R. Cheynier

Dr. Rémi Cheynier obtained his PhD (1987) in Immunology from Université Paris 6 (Mention Très Honorable), France. Since 2010, Dr. Cheynier is the Research Director at Institut Cochin; Head of the group “Cytokines and Viral Infections”; Immunity, Infection, Inflammation (3I) Department; INSERM, Paris Descartes University, France. He has published over 70 articles in various international journals, 2 book chapters, and has 4 patents. His research has mainly focused on Immunology, Microbiology, and Medicine. Dr. Cheynier has membership in the following scientific socities: International Society for Mucosal Immunology, Société Française d’Immunologie, and International AIDS Society.

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Institut Cochin
Equipe cytokines et infections virales
Méchain
Paris

C. Haldar (Biography
C. Haldar

Prof. Haldar is renowned melatonin biologist working on the intricacies of pineal gland with eco-physiological changes in management of seasonal reproduction and immunity. She published more than 300 research papers and edited 8 books from Int. publisher.She developed a simple method for pinealectomy in Indian tropical animals and initiated the era of pineal research in India.

Established pineal organ culture to explore the functional importance of pineal proteins.

Established the role of pineal in modulation of Bone marrow cell (GM-CFU)function.

Sequenced melatonin receptor subtype MT1 and nuclear receptor.

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Department of Zoology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi
India

L. Pavón-Romero (Biography
L. Pavón-Romero

Professor Lenin Pavón is an immunologist, since 2000, he has been the head of the Department of Psychoimmunology in the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría, México. His work is focused on the study of the neuro-endocrine-immune interactions in stress, major depression, fibromyalgia, schizophrenia and Alzheimer disease. Professor Pavón has published 61 articles in indexed journals and 11 chapters on specialized books. He has given more than 100 lectures by invitation at national and international academic events. Currently, he is a guest professor in the postgraduate programs in Immunology at the most important universities in his country.

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Department of Psychoimmunology
National Institute of Psychiatry
“Ramón de la Fuente”, Mexico City
Mexico

S. Slavin (Biography
S. Slavin

Shimon Slavin, MD, Professor of Medicine, pioneered the use of personalized anti-cancer immunotherapy mediated by donor lymphocytes and innovative methods for stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant disorders, including treatment of autoimmune diseases and induction of transplantation tolerance to bone marrow and organ allografts. More recently, Slavin pioneered the use of multi-potent mesenchymal stromal cell for multi-system regenerative medicine. Slavin authors 4 books, >660 scientific publications and serves on many editorial boards and many national and international advisory boards. Slavin received many international awards in recognition of his contributions for treatment of malignant and non-malignant disorders.

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Biotherapy International Weizmann Center
Tel Aviv
Israel

A. Badou (Biography
A. Badou

Dr. Abdallah Badou is a Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at Casablanca Hassan II University, Morocco. Dr. Badou has completed his PhD in Immunology in 1998 at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France). Afterwards, He joined the Immunobiology department at Yale University School of Medicine (Connecticut, USA) from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, He joined Cadi Ayyad University in Morocco as assistant then qualified professor (2007 to 2014). Since 2014, Dr. Badou was affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Casablanca. His current research topics are related to Immunoregulation in inflammation and cancer.

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Genetics and Molecular Pathology Laboratory
University Hassan II
Casablanca
Morocco

A. Bolhassani (Biography
A. Bolhassani

I am Dr. Azam Bolhassani working as an Associate Prof. at Hepatitis and AIDS Department in Pasteur Institute of Iran. My filed is about vaccine design against HCV, HIV, HPV infections and the use of immunotherapy and chemotherapy against cancer and the use of different adjuvants and delivery systems for enhancement of vaccine potency. We work on some different vaccines including DNA vaccine, Protein vaccine and Live vaccine and recently, VLP vaccine.

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Department of Hepatitis and AIDs
Pasteur Institute of Iran
Tehran
Iran

K. Hajela (Biography
K. Hajela

Prof. K. Hajela obtained PhD at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) India. He is presently working as Professor and Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Devi Ahilya University , Indore India. He has mentored 14 PhD students and 8 MPhil students as guide and co guide and authored 52 research papers. His research interest includes Lectins, lectins cell interactions, Lectin pathway of complement activation, innate immunity, MBL associated serine proteases ( MASPs).

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Faculty of Life Sciences
Devi Ahilya University
Indore
India

F. Pica (Biography
F. Pica

Francesca Pica, MD, PhD, Specialist in Infectious Diseases. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy, where she also directs a Research Lab. in Virology & Immunology. Fields of interest: Herpesvirus infections; biological and clinical aspects of the host immune response; chemo-immunotherapy protocols in immune-suppression associated with viral infections and cancer. She is a Member of the Italian Society of Microbiology, the Italian Society of Virology and the Accademia Medica di Roma.

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Department of Experimental Medicine and Surgery
University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’
Rome
Italy

E.E. Schmidt (Biography
E.E. Schmidt

Ed Schmidt earned his B.S. degree from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Following postdocs at the University of Geneva, Switzerland with Dr. Ueli Schibler, and then at the University of Utah with Dr. Mario Capecchi, Dr. Schmidt became an Assistant Professor at Montana State University, where he currently is a Professor. His primary interests are to understand gene regulatory mechanisms that function in mammalian development and homeostasis. His work uses mouse lines that his team engineers with specific mutations. His studies integrate genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomics. The biological processes he focuses on include liver physiology and regeneration, aging, oxidative stress, immune functions, and cancer.

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Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Montana State University
Bozeman
Montana

S. Stevens (Biography
S. Stevens

Dr. Stevens leads a group of over 22 investigators at Synthetic Genomics Inc., studying xenotransplantation in collaboration with United Therapeutics. He has led the design, creation, and use of complex genetically-modified mammalian platforms for therapeutic discovery in use at 15 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Stevens and his teams have generated therapeutics, including two FDA-approved antibodies, for several indications. Dr. Stevens is an inventor on >200 US patents and applications, author of numerous articles, and served as co-PI on a Gates Foundation Grand Challenge grant. He is an advisory board member and scientific consultant for several companies.

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Mammalian Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Genomics Inc
San Diego, CA
USA


Associate Editorial Board Members:

A. Haghparast (Biography
A. Haghparast

Dr. Alireza R. Haghparast, D.V.M., Ph.D., is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) at Ferdowsi University Of Mashhad (FUM), Mashhad, Iran. His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas of Immunology of Infectious Diseases, Innate Immunity, Virus, Vaccine Development, Antigen, Cell Line, etc. Dr. Haghparast, as an author/co-author, has published more than 40 articles in various journals.

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Department of Pathobiology
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Mashhad
Iran

Y. Zheng (Biography
Y. Zheng

Yadong Zheng, a parasitologist, received PhD in Molecular Bioscience (2012) from the University of Nottingham, UK. Zheng’s research interests are mainly focused on a role of small RNAs of parasitic pathogens in infection and immunity. In 2013, he moved to Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and established pathogens' non-coding RNA biology group. He is Associate Editor of BMC Veterinary Research (2014-), Editorial Board Member of Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (2016-2019) and member of Young Parasitologist Board of Parasitological Sub-association, China Zoological Society (2011-2020).

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Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Gansu
China

S. Samuchiwal (Biography
S. Samuchiwal

Dr. Sachin Kumar Samuchiwal did Ph.D. in Molecular biology and peptide drug designing (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India) with four years postdoctoral experience (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA) in the field of Allergy and Immunology. His research interests are (a) Host-pathogen interactions, and targeting lipid and protein mediators for understanding human asthma and allergies and developing new therapeutic regimes (b) Techniques of protein purification and protein-protein interaction.

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Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
USA

C. Kirmaz (Biography
C. Kirmaz

Dr. Cengiz Kirmaz has completed most of his education (specialization in Immunology and in Internal Medicine) from Ege University (Medical Faculty), İzmir, Turkey. Since 2011, Dr. Kirmaz is Professor of Immunology and Chief of Immunology & Allergy Unit at Celal Bayar University (Department of Internal Medicine), Manisa, Turkey. His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas of Lung Diseases, Immune Response, Allergic Diseases, Asthma, Airway Obstruction, Asthma Management, Respiration Disorders, etc. Dr. Kirmaz, as an author/co-author, has published more than 30 articles in various journals.

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Department of Internal Medicine
Celal Bayar University
Izmir
Turkey

E. Rosmaraki (Biography
E. Rosmaraki

Eleftheria Rosmaraki is an Assistant Professor in Immunology, in the Department of Biology, at the University of Patras. She has graduated from the Department of Biology, University of Crete and holds an MSc degree in Immunology from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, U.K. She has completed her Ph.D. at Institut Pasteur, France and her post-doctoral studies at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, while she has also worked as an Associate Editor for the journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. Her research focuses in the development of NK cells, and the role of T and NK cells in autoimmune diseases.

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Department of Biology
University of Patras
Patras
Greece












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