Thematic Symposa

Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Immune Responses

Friday, June 16
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

David Hafler

William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor of Neurology and Immunobiology Chairman, Department of Neurology
Yale School of Medicine

Hafler is the William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor and Chairman Department of Neurology and Professor or Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, and is the Neurologist-in-Chief of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He graduated in 1974 from Emory University , and the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1978. He then completed his internship at Hopkins followed by a neurology residency at Cornell Medical Cente. Dr. Hafler was trained in immunology at the Rockefeller University and then at Harvard where he joined the faculty in 1984 and later became the Breakstone Professorship of Neurology at Harvard and was a founding Associated Member of the Broad Institute at MIT. In 2009 he moved to Yale as the Chair of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Hafler is a clinical scientist with a research interest in the mechanism of MS with over 370 publications in the field of MS, and autoimmunity. He is a co-founder of the International MS Genetic Consortium a group that identified the genes causing MS. Dr. Hafler has bee elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, AOA, and was a Weaver Scholar of the NMSS. He is a member of the editorial boards for JCI and the JEM, and is co-founder of FOCISs. Hafler was a Javits Merit Award Recipient from the NIH and has won many awards including 2010 Dystel Prize for MS research from the AAN, the Adams Prize in 2015 from the American Neurologic Association and the 2016 Frontier Lecturer at the AAN.


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William Greenleaf

Asst Professor
Stanford Department of Genetics

William Greenleaf is an Assistant Professor in the Genetics Department at Stanford University School of Medicine, with a courtsey appointment in the Applied Physics Department. His highly interdisciplinary research links molecular biology, computer science, and genomics methods, to understand how the physical state of the human genome controls gene regulation and biological state. His long-term goal is to unlock an understanding of the physical “regulome” — i.e. the factors that control how the genetic information is read into biological instructions in health and disease.


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Nir Hacohen

Associate Professor
Harvard University

Nir Hacohen, PhD, Director, Center for Cancer Immunology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Institute Member, Broad Institute


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Alex Marson

Assistant Professor
University of California, San Franisco


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