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Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman, PhD, is a researcher at National Jewish Health. Dr. Friedman is in the Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine.

Special Interests

We are interested in understanding how the immune system is dynamically regulated through cellular interactions and environmental cues. Using methods including in vivo microscopy and flow cytometry our goals are to elucidate mechanisms of immune activation and tolerance in autoimmunity, with the goal of developing therapeutic approaches for regulating the immune response.

  • Immune dynamics and interactions at the autoimmune disease site during type 1 diabetes
  • Development of therapeutic for antigen-specific tolerance induction



2002 - 2007
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, PhD, Biomedical Sciences
Brown University, Providence, RI, AB Biology


2007 - 2011
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Postdoctoral, Immunology

Awards & Recognition

2012 - 2017: Career Development Award, JDRF.    
2012: Junior Faculty Award, American Diabetes Association.     
2017: Outstanding Junior Faculty, Biomedical Research, National Jewish Health.

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Immunology & Microbiology