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Claire Gustafson, Ph.D

Assistant Investigator


Claire is an Assistant Investigator in Experimental Immunology at the Allen Institute for Immunology. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Claire was an Instructor in Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford University. Her research focused on understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of immune aging in humans utilizing high-dimensional techniques in conjunction with the development of novel model systems to accelerate translational human immunology research. For her postdoctoral training, Claire investigated molecular regulators of T cell homeostasis and responses to aging, infection and vaccination, under the mentorship of Dr. Jorg Goronzy at Stanford University. She also was involved in multiple projects assessing whether certain disease states and/or treatments accelerate immune aging.

Claire earned her Ph.D. in Immunology from University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, with a certificate in Clinical and Translational Science, where she studied mucosal antibody development during human infancy. She received a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology from University of Washington.

Research Focus:

Claire’s underlying scientific focus is understanding normal, healthy immune development, function and variation over the course of a lifespan, as a basis for determining the cause of any immunological perturbations; from infection to autoimmunity to cancer.

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