Justin Taylor, Ph.D.

faculty member

Justin Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Member
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch

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Dr. Justin Taylor is an immunologist who focuses his research on B cells, a type of white blood cell responsible for producing immune proteins called antibodies. He works with so-called naïve B cells, ones that have not yet been exposed to foreign or abnormal molecules — contact with which can trigger B cells to produce protective antibodies. His lab studies a complicated process that is required to produce both long-lived antibodies and a fleet of “memory” B cells that can respond to future contact with the same foreign molecules and thus protect against them. Dr. Taylor has developed tools to screen vaccine components rapidly to find whether they can bind to B cells in the first place, a relatively rare connection that is essential for a successful vaccine. This technique may be helpful in isolating components that might work in vaccines that have been particularly difficult to develop, such as one to block HIV.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health
University of Washington

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology
University of Washington

Faculty Member, Interdisciplinary Program in Pathobiology
University of Washington

Faculty Member, Molecular & Cellular Biology Program
University of Washington

Education

Ph.D., Immunology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

B.S., Biology, Rider University, 2002

Research Interests

Mechanisms driving the differentiation of B cells following vaccination and infection

Understanding how differences in the pre-immune repertoire influences immunity

Vaccine development

Current Projects

Memory B cell differentiation and survival

Understanding diversity in naïve antigen-specific B cell populations

Identifying B cells specific for foreign and self antigens

B cell engineering

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