Dr. Isaac Chiu PhD
Harvard Medical School
Dept. of Immunology
Boston (MA), USA
Isaac Chiu is Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. His lab studies neuro-immune interactions at barrier surfaces in pain, host defense, and inflammation. Dr. Chiu has found that sensory neurons directly detect bacterial pathogens and their mediators to produce pain. His lab has found that peripheral neurons signal to immune and epithelial cells in the skin, lungs, meninges, and gut to mediate tissue immunity. Defining neuron-immune-microbe crosstalk could lead to new treatments for pain, itch, and inflammation.
Dr. Chiu received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in Biochemistry, and his PhD in Immunology Harvard Medical School. He then received postdoctoral training in the neurobiology of pain at Boston Children’s Hospital. He started his independent faculty position at Harvard medical school in 2014. Dr. Chiu has received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award, and Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award.