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Catherine Blish

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Infectious Disease Clinic 300 Pasteur Dr Ln Bldg Rm L-136 MC 5107 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-6961 Fax (650) 725-8418
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 725-5132 Tel (650) 725-5143
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Disease

Academic Appointments

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, NIH (2013)
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2013)
  • Faculty Scholar, Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation (2013)
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Stanford Immunology (2012)
  • McCormick Faculty Award, Stanford University School of Medicine, Office of Diversity and Leadership (2012)
  • Young Investigator Award, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (2012)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2013 - present)
  • Member, American Association of Immunologists (2012 - present)
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (2009 - present)

Professional Education

University of Washington School of Medicine WA (1999)
Medical Education: University of Washington School of Medicine WA (2001)
Fellowship: University of Washington Infectious Disease Program WA (2007)
Board Certification: Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2006)
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2004)
Residency: University of Washington Internal Medicine Program WA (2003)
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Courses

2013-14

Postdoctoral Advisees

Lisa Kronstad

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Our goal is to develop new methods to prevent and control infectious diseases through better understanding of human immunology. We have several major areas of ongoing investigation.

Understanding the diversity and biology of human natural killer (NK) cells.
Our interest in NK cells stems from their ability to directly lyse infected and tumor cells and to mediate antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, acting as a bridge between innate and adaptive immune responses. Our recent study demonstrated that human NK cells are much more diverse than previously appreciated, with both genetic and environmental determinants. We are currently examining how this diversity is regulated and its implications for viral immunity in both healthy and diseased states.

Defining the role of NK cells in viral immunity.
Vaccination is one of the most effective methods to prevent morbidity and mortality related to infectious diseases, yet there are many viral infections for which durable, broadly cross-protective vaccines remain desperately needed. Recent data indicating that NK cells may be capable of immunologic memory raises the possibility that we could harness NK cells to fight viruses. Current projects in the laboratory are focused on better understanding how human NK cells recognize and control infection with HIV-1, influenza, West Nile Virus, and Epstein Barr Virus.

Immune signatures of human pregnancy.
Pregnant women are at increased risk of contracting viruses including HIV and influenza, and are more susceptible to severe complications once infected. A major focus of the laboratory is to define the immune mechanisms that contribute to viral susceptibility in pregnant women. These investigations focus broadly on T cell, antibody, and NK cell responses to viruses during pregnancy, and use infection and vaccination as models. In addition, we are also studying the role of immunity in preterm birth.

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