What is the Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease (III) Initiative?

The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (III) Initiative at University of Utah Health was formally established in 2017 on the premise that a better understanding of the three "I"s will fundamentally change the way we think about disease.

The vision of the III Initiative at the University of Utah is to become a center of scientific excellence known internationally for its top-tier research performed at the nexus of the immunology, inflammation and infectious disease fields to make fundamental discoveries that ultimately improve patient care.  

It is built on a strong foundation of almost 180 faculty who do research in related fields at four colleges or schools and 30 departments across campus. A major goal is to integrate basic, translational, and clinical research in these areas by strengthening the III community and fostering collaborations.

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Jun 18, 2018

Jesica Jacobs AAI PPFP

Dr. Jesica Jacobs, a post doctoral fellow in Dr. Brian Evavold’s lab in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology, has been awarded a Public Policy Fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists. Each year, the AAI selects up to 10 junior scientists from across the nation to participate in this prestigious program. Public Policy Fellows participate in advocacy for scientific funding on Capitol Hill along with members of the AAI Committee on Public Affairs, which includes Pathology Chairman Dr. Peter Jensen. Fellows are given the opportunity to meet with their district’s Congressional representatives and other legislators on the Hill to help shape the future of biomedical research. Dr. Jacobs is the first Fellow to be selected from the University of Utah... Read More

Jun 14, 2018

Malaria-Fighting Biochemist Paul Sigala Named Pew Scholar

Paul Sigala, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was named a 2018 Pew Scholar for his lab’s interdisciplinary approach to developing novel methods for combatting malaria, one of the most common infectious diseases and a public health threat worldwide..... Read More

Jun 06, 2018

Matt Williams Awarded Watkins Endowed Chair

The C. Scott and Dorothy E. Watkins Endowed Chair in Honor of Ernst J. Eichwald, M.D. was established in 1999 to promote research and education within the Department of Pathology. The recipient is named for a 3-year term and is nominated by a committee comprised of prior chair holders. The Department of Pathology is pleased to announce the selection of Matt Williams as the 2018 – 2021 recipient. Matt joins a distinguished group of prior recipients including Carl Wittwer, Sherrie Perkins, Janis Weis, Joe Holden, David Stillman, Wade Samowitz, and Dean Tantin.... Read More

May 30, 2018

Heejoo Kim wins prestigious AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowship

Heejoo Kim, MS/DVM, a PhD graduate student in Dr. Dean Tantin’s lab, has won a year-long fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). Congratulations Heejoo on being recognized in this competitive process. Heejoo will use the fellowship to further her work on transcriptional control of T cell memory and autoimmunity...... Read More

Sigala Awarded Department of Defense Discovery Award
Mar 20, 2018

Sigala Awarded Department of Defense Discovery Award

Paul Sigala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Biochemistry, has been selected as a recipient of a Department of Defense Discovery Award under the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for his grant application entitled “Evaluation of Carotenoid Biosynthesis as an Antimalarial Drug Target.”... Read More


Contact Us

Ryan O'Connell, PhD
Director, III Initiative
Associate Professor, Pathology
Email: ryan.oconnell@path.utah.edu 

Nicole Frank, PhD, MSTP
Associate Director, III Initiative
Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit

Phone: 801-213-0644
Email: nicole.frank@hsc.utah.edu

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