Immune cells protect us from infection and we deliberately induce their functions when we vaccinate our kids to shield them from a range of what used to be devastating illnesses. Dr. Mandl studies two fascinating properties of immune cells: they are highly motile and can migrate all around the body, and they come in a variety of forms. Their continuous motion and their diversity are both critical to their function. Mandl will investigate how immune cells move through tissue,
immune cell collectives avoid crowding issues, and interactions made during
migration impact the heterogeneity of particular immune cell types.