The Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine is devoted to basic and translational work in broad areas of infectious disease, allergy, asthma, immunology and population analyses. Its faculty have distinguished careers in these subjects, having made a number of seminal discoveries in the areas. Studies include investigation into the creation, properties and migration of the cells that protect animals and humans against infections and yet cause diseases such as type I diabetes, allergies and asthma. Faculty in the Center for Genes and Environmental Health, based in the Department, focus on the genetics of diabetes, lung diseases and inflammation and on mycobacterial genetics. These faculty also provide support for analysis of large data sets.
Departmental faculty maintain close ties and collaborations with members of other Departments at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado. The Department also supports the faculty responsible for many of the Core facilities that are used by laboratories throughout National Jewish Health.
The long term goals of the Department are to maintain its excellent record in basic and translational research while continuing to support work in other Departments at the Institution.