Nutritional Immunology Research Lab

The Nutritional Immunology Laboratory investigates the role of dietary components and their interactions with other environmental factors and genes in age-associated changes of the immune and inflammatory responses. Our research looks to reverse and/or delay the onset of these immunologic and age-related changes by appropriate dietary modifications and to determine the molecular mechanisms by which nutrients modulate immune cell functions.

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Alexander Panda

Dr. Alexander Panda is a Scientist II on the Nutritional Immunology Team at the HNRCA. His research interests involve the age-associated defects of pattern recognition receptors and the role of zinc as a potential nutritional intervention to combat pneumonias in nursing home patients. He is one of the principal investigators for the Zinc intervention in prevention of pneumonia in elderly (ZIPP) study funded by the National Blood Heart and Lung Institute (NHLBI).

Simin Nikbin Meydani

Dr. Simin Meydani is Senior Scientist and Team Leader of the Nutritional Immunology Team at the HNRCA. She also served as Director of the HNRCA from 2009 until she was appointed Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University from 2016-2019. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the basic mechanisms of aging, impact of nutrition on the aging process and age associated diseases, role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses, and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries.