Phagocyte Biology Laboratory

Dr. Bryan Heit, Western University

The Heit lab is excited to announce that we are the recipients of a CIHR Project Grant. This grant will ensure that our lab will continue to make important scientific contributions over the next 5 years.

This grant funds our ongoing work into the biology of Rab17 and other vesicular trafficking regulators, specifically into their role in determining immunological outcomes following efferocytosis and phagocytosis. This study will provide important information on how our immune systems regulates its responses towards innocuous versus potentially dangerous targets. Moreover, this study will provide insights into how disruption of this immunological system may aid the growth of pathogens and induce autoimmune diseases.