Willi K. Born
Department of Biomedical Research
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  • Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Basic Immunology

    Special Interests

    Research Interests

    I am interested in the biology of lymphocytes expressing gamma/delta T cell receptors (gamma/delta T cells). I am studying gamma/delta T cells in the mouse and in mouse models of diseases, including diseases of the airways and lung.


    Albert Ludwigs Universitaet (Freiburg, Germany), Dr.rer.nat. / Biology (German PhD)
    Albert Ludwigs Universitaet (Freiburg, Germany), Diplom / Biology (German MS)
    UTHSD (Dallas, TX), Postdoctoral Fellow
    National Jewish Health, Postdoctoral Fellow

    Awards & Recognition

    2006: NJMRC "Faculty Citizen of the Year"

    2005: Visiting Professor, PUMC, Beijing, China

    1989: Investigator Award, Cancer Research Institute

    1982: Fellow: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

    1974: Fellow: Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

    Professional Memberships

    American Association of Immunologists

    German Society for Immunology


    O’Brien, R.L., Roark, C.L., Jin, N., Aydintug, M.K., French, J.D., Chain, J.L., Wands, J.M., Johnston, M. and Born, W.K. ?d T cell receptors - functional correlations. Immunological Reviews. In press.

    Born, W.K., Reardon C.L. and O’Brien, R. The function of ?d T cells in innate immunity. Curr. Op. Immunol., 17:1-8 (2006).

    Simonian, P.L., Roark, C.L., del Valle, F.D., Palmer, B.E., Douglas, I.S., Ikuta, K., Born, W.K., O’Brien, R.L., and Fontenot, A.P. Regulatory role of ?/d T cells in the recruitment of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to lung and subsequent pulmonary fibrosis. J. Immunol. In press, 2006.

    Reardon, C.L., Hu, L.-j., Xiang Yin, Born, W.K., Arden, B. and O’Brien, R.L. A new mechanism for generating TCR diversity: a TCR Ja-like gene that inserts partial nucleotide sequences in a D-gene manner. Molecular Immunology, in press, 2006.

    Reardon, C.L., Born, W.K., and O’Brien, R.L. A unique V?5-T-Cell population in the murine mammary gland. Molecular Immunology, 43: 1057-61, 2006.

    Academic Affiliations

    Department of Immunology & Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver

    Teaching & Professional Positions

    Professor, Department of Immunology

    Contact Information

    • Office: 303.398.1087
    • Fax: 303.398.1396
    • Email: bornw@njhealth.org



    • National Jewish Health Main Campus
      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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