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Raul M. Torres

Raul M. Torres, PhD, is a researcher at National Jewish Health. Dr. Torres is in the Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine.

Special Interests

Research Interests

B cell development and function: We are interested in the signals that guide the development and function of B lymphocytes and incorporate various mouse models to dissect these processes. Pulmonary immunity: Our lab also utilizes mouse models to explore the mechanisms by which leukocytes migrate within the lung and how pathological conditions arise when this process is not regulated appropriately.



University of Washington, BS
University of Washington, MS
University of Washington, PhD


1996 - 2001
Basel Institute for Immunology (Basel, Switzerland), Scientific Member
1992 - 1996
Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne (Cologne, Germany), Postdoctoral Fellow

Awards & Recognition

2007-Present: Co-Director, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Translational Research Initiative
2007: National Jewish Health Basic Science Program Teacher of the Year
2003: National Jewish Health Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Basic Science
2003: Sandler Program for Asthma Research Junior Investigator Award

Professional Memberships

American Association of Immunologists
American Association for the Advancement of Science


Torres, R.M., Imobden, J., and Schroeder, H.W. Antigen receptor genes, gene products and co-receptors. In Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice, (3rd edition) R. Rich, T. Fleisher, W. Shearer, H. Schroeder, A.J. Frew, and C.M. Weyand eds. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Mosby Publishers. pp 53-78, 2008.

Hu, J., Strauch, P., Rubtsov, A., Donovan, E.E., Pelanda, R. and Torres, R.M. Lsc Activity is Controlled by Oligomerization and Regulates Adhesion. Molecular Immunology, 45:1825-1836, 2008.

Rubtsov, A.V., Swanson, C.L., Troy, S., Strauch, P., Pelanda, R., and Torres, R.M. Toll-like receptor agonists promote marginal-zone B cell activation, relocation and T-dependent IgM response. Journal of Immunology, 180:3882-3888, 2008.

Wu, Q., Martin, R.J., Rino, J.G., Breed, R., Torres, R.M., Chu, H.W., IL-23-dependent IL-17 production is essential in neutrophil recruitment and activity in mouse lung defense against respiratory Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. Microbes and Infection, 9:78-86, 2007.

Brown, J., Taube, C., Takeda, K, Koya, T., Pelanda, R., Gelfand, E.W., and Torres, R.M., Arhgef1 is Required by T cells for the Development of Airway Hyperreactivity and Inflammation. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 176:10-19, 2007.

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Teaching & Professional Positions

Director, Graduate Program in Immunology