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Immunology

Research at Department of Immunology is mainly focused on molecular and cellular aspects to investigate the interactive role of recreational drugs and HIV-1 infection on human immune system. The work involves unraveling the mechanism of immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 infection, which will help to develop novel therapeutic strategies to reduce drug addiction and HIV disease in drug abusing HIV-1 infected patients. The department also conducts research on developing nanocarrier drug delivery systems to target therapeutic molecules across the blood-brain barrier to treat primarily drug addiction and NeuroAIDS. The department's goal is to promote translational research and training in immunological techniques related to drug use/abuse, HIV infection and drug targeting approach for graduate and postgraduate levels.

Message from the Chair

I am very privileged and honored to be the Founding Chair of the Department of Immunology, Director of the Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology and Associate-Dean of Bio-Medical Research at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

The Department of Immunology's main goal is to investigate the interactive role of recreational drugs and HIV-1 infection on the human immune system by unraveling the mechanism of Immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 infection. This work will help to develop novel therapeutic strategies to reduce drug addiction and HIV disease in drug abusing HIV-1 infected patients.

The department also conducts innovative research on developing nanocarrier drug delivery and release systems to target therapeutic molecules across the blood-brain barrier to treat primarily drug addiction, NeuroAIDS and other CNS diseases.

Our goal is to promote translational research and training in immunological techniques related to drug use/abuse, HIV infection, other CNS diseases, Cancer and drug targeting approach for graduate and postgraduate levels. Every member of the department is expected to be honest and have integrity to the vision the Department of Immunology and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Madhavan P. Nair, Ph.D.
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Immunology
Director, Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Associate Dean of Bio-Medical Research

Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology

In Congruence with Worlds Ahead Strategic Plan of FIU/ HWCOM, and NIH Road map INIP will engage in:

State-of-the-art and translational research, creative activity

High quality teaching

Training and collaborative engagements

Contact

Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Immunology
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305-348-0570
Fax: 305-348-0123

Voluntary Faculty

Awtar Ganju-Krihan, PhD
Voluntary Basic Science Professor

Raveendran Pottathil, PhD
Adjunct Professor