Willi K. Born, PhD

Willi K. Born
Willi K. Born, PhD, is a researcher at National Jewish Health. Dr. Born is in the Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine.
Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine
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

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