Immunology Program

The Justin Perry Lab

Research

Justin Perry
Justin Perry, PhD

The human body is estimated to remove 1 percent of its body mass, likely more than 200 billion cells, every day. To achieve this, we rely on a highly evolutionarily conserved process: apoptotic cell clearance or efferocytosis. The long-term goal of our lab is to understand how phagocytes handle the immense burden of ingestion and digestion of apoptotic corpses — a process essential for normal development and tissue homeostasis, but also cancer development and progression. We hope to use the information gained through basic studies of efferocytosis to design novel therapeutics.

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Publications

Perry, JSA*, Morioka, S*, Medina, C, Etchegaray, JI, Barron, B, Raymond, MH, Lucas, CD, Onengut-Gumuscu, S, Delpire, E, Ravichandran, KS. Interpreting an apoptotic corpse as anti-inflammatory involves a chloride sensing pathway. Nature Cell Biology. 2019, 21:1532-1543. *equal contribution.

Morioka, S*, Perry, JSA*, Raymond, MH, Medina, C, Onengut-Gumuscu, S, Ravichandran, KS. Efferocytosis induces a novel SLC program to promote glucose uptake and lactate release. Nature. 2018, 563:714-718. *equal contribution.

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People

Justin Perry

Justin Perry, PhD

  • Immunologist Justin Perry investigates homeostatic apoptotic cell clearance and how this process is exploited during cancer development and progression.
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Members

Pedro Saavedra
Pedro Saavedra

Research Fellow

Waleska Saitz Rojas
Waleska Saitz Rojas

Senior Research Technician

Alissa Trzeciak
Alissa Trzeciak

Research Fellow

Ya-Ting Wang
Ya-Ting Wang

Research Fellow

Zhaoquan Wang
Zhaoquan Wang

Graduate Student

Giulia Zago
Giulia Zago

Research Fellow

Lab Affilations

Achievements

  • NIH/NCI Pathway to Independence Award K99/R00 (2019)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund – PDEP Award (2018)
  • Cancer Research Institute – Mark Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2018)
  • HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow Finalist (2017)

Open Positions

Career Opportunities

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists of all levels with an interest in studying fundamental questions of apoptotic cell clearance in any setting or disease context.

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Disclosures

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