Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

PJ Utz, MD

Associate Director of Education

While earning his M.D. degree in 1991 from Stanford, Dr. Utz co-discovered the transcription factor Nuclear Factor of Activated T Cells (NFAT) with J.P. Shaw in Dr. Gerald Crabtree's laboratory. He completed his internal medicine residency, rheumatology fellowship, and post-doctoral training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston prior to joining the Harvard Medical School Faculty in 1996. He joined the Stanford Faculty in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 2005. Professor Utz is an expert in the study of human and murine autoantibodies and autoantigens, apoptosis signaling pathways, animal models of autoimmunity, proteomics and microfluidics.

Members of his laboratory are developing several cutting-edge proteomics technologies for immunological applications, including multiplex planar-based autoantigen microarrays for studying lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases such as diabetes, sclerosing cholanitis, and inflammatory bowel disease; reverse phase protein lysate microarrays for studying blood cells; flow-based assays for analyzing samples from patients; and microfluidic capillary electrophoresis assays.  Professor Utz is Director of the CCIS Summer High School Research Program, retired Chair of Education for the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, and provides formal lectures to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. He was recently appointed as Associate Director of Education in the Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection (ITI) Institute. He also teaches medical students, residents and fellows in the clinics and on the in-patient wards. Professor Utz is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of several companies, and cofounded Bayhill Therapeutics in 2002 (Palo Alto, CA) where he remains an active consultant on their therapeutic platforms.


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