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Comparative Immunology

Professor Cliona O’Farrelly

Chair in Comparative Immunology

A certificate for highly cited research in the journal Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology was awarded in November 2016 to Prof. O'Farrelly by the editors of the journal in recognition of the contribution to the quality of the journal made by her paper “Endometrial epithelial cells are potent producers of tracheal antimicrobial peptide and serum amyloid A3 gene expression in response to E. coli stimulation”.

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The gut, liver and uterus are sites of intense immunological activity even when healthy. In these organs, harmless foreign antigens of commensal and foetal origin require tolerance while at the same time, effective tumour and pathogen surveillance must be maintained. The Comparative Immunology Group (CIG) studies immune responses within these different organs in both humans and mammals.

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