Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., already wears many hats at Einstein, and he’s about to don another.
Dr. Casadevall is professor and chair of the department of microbiology & immunology, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology and Immunology at Einstein, and attending physician in medicine (infectious disease) at Montefiore, the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein. He’ll take on an additional leadership role as director of Einstein’s soon-to-be-created Center for Immunological Sciences.
This article originally appeared in Einstein's 2012-2013 Annual Report.A key goal of the new center is to enhance understanding of basic immunology and to translate that knowledge into treatments for immune disorders. "Immunology is central to almost all human diseases," says Dr. Casadevall. "In fact, you could say that most human diseases occur because there is either too much or too little inflammation— and immune responses are largely responsible for inflammation."
"You could say that most human diseases occur because there is either too much or too little inflammation."
Right now, he notes, "immunologists at Einstein are spread over many departments. Because of immunology’s central role in human diseases, we’re very interested in forming a more cohesive group. This new center will help coordinate our research efforts in immunology and make them much more fruitful."
As the center’s director, Dr. Casadevall will recruit new faculty who specialize in human immunology, vaccine development and the human microbiome (the estimated 100 trillion microbes that live on and in humans and influence health and disease). "Once we beef up our presence in human immunology," he says, "we can form research partnerships with scientists in other areas at Einstein such as genomics and diabetes—which is increasingly viewed as an immunological disease."
Since joining Einstein as a postdoctoral fellow in 1989, Dr. Casadevall has distinguished himself as an infectious-disease researcher, mentor and lecturer: