Joseph P. Mizgerd, ScD

Professor, Medicine

Joseph Mizgerd
617.358.1186
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)

Biography

Our work focuses on immunology in the lung and its influence on acute lower respiratory tract infections. Our research is illuminating the regulation and function of innate and adaptive immune cells and signals in the lung, and how variations in these parameters determine pneumonia susceptibility and outcome. Lung defense consists of immune resistance (the ability to eliminate microbes) and tissue resilience (the ability to prevent or withstand injurious stimuli from infection and inflammation). Both activities are accomplished by the coordinated activities of diverse cell types within the lung, involving some that are constitutively present (including diverse types of epithelial cells, macrophages, lymphocytes, and more) as well as others newly recruited to the infected tissue (including neutrophils plus additional myeloid or lymphoid cells). Effective and productive communication amongst these cells can efficiently destroy microbes without damaging the lung, maintaining respiratory health. Dysregulation of these pathways instead promotes infection (e.g., pneumonia), injury (e.g., the acute respiratory distress syndrome), and other pulmonary diseases. Elucidating factors that differentiate lung infection resistance and susceptibility will enable new approaches to preventing and treating pneumonia.

Other Positions

  • Director, Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Amherst College, BA

Classes Taught

  • GMSMI713
  • GMSMM725
  • GMSPA710

Publications

  • Published on 10/5/2021

    Shenoy AT, Lyon De Ana C, Arafa EI, Salwig I, Barker KA, Korkmaz FT, Ramanujan A, Etesami NS, Soucy AM, Martin IMC, Tilton BR, Hinds A, Goltry WN, Kathuria H, Braun T, Jones MR, Quinton LJ, Belkina AC, Mizgerd JP. Antigen presentation by lung epithelial cells directs CD4+ TRM cell function and regulates barrier immunity. Nat Commun. 2021 10 05; 12(1):5834. PMID: 34611166.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Odom CV, Kim Y, Burgess CL, Baird LA, Korkmaz FT, Na E, Shenoy AT, Arafa EI, Lam TT, Jones MR, Mizgerd JP, Traber KE, Quinton LJ. Liver-Dependent Lung Remodeling during Systemic Inflammation Shapes Responses to Secondary Infection. J Immunol. 2021 10 01; 207(7):1891-1902. PMID: 34470857.

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  • Published on 7/6/2021

    Keefe J, Yao C, Hwang SJ, Courchesne P, Lee GY, Dupuis J, Mizgerd JP, O'Connor G, Washko GR, Cho MH, Silverman EK, Levy D. An Integrative Genomic Strategy Identifies sRAGE as a Causal and Protective Biomarker of Lung Function. Chest. 2021 Jul 06. PMID: 34237330.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Dela Cruz CS, Evans SE, Restrepo MI, Dean N, Torres A, Amara-Elori I, Awasthi S, Caler E, Cao B, Chalmers JD, Chastre J, Cohen TS, Cohen AH, Crothers K, Di YP, Egan ME, Feldman C, Gautam S, Halstead ES, Herold S, Jones BE, Luna C, Niederman MS, Mendez R, Menendez R, Mizgerd JP, Nusrat R, Ramirez J, Shindo Y, Waterer G, Yeligar SM, Wunderink RG. Understanding the Host in the Management of Pneumonia. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 07; 18(7):1087-1097. PMID: 34242148.

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  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Barker KA, Etesami NS, Shenoy AT, Arafa EI, Lyon de Ana C, Smith NM, Martin IM, Goltry WN, Barron AM, Browning JL, Kathuria H, Belkina AC, Guillon A, Zhong X, Crossland NA, Jones MR, Quinton LJ, Mizgerd JP. Lung-resident memory B cells protect against bacterial pneumonia. J Clin Invest. 2021 06 01; 131(11). PMID: 34060477.

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  • Published on 3/17/2021

    Traber KE, Dimbo EL, Shenoy AT, Symer EM, Allen E, Mizgerd JP, Quinton LJ. Neutrophil-Derived Oncostatin M Triggers Diverse Signaling Pathways during Pneumonia. Infect Immun. 2021 03 17; 89(4). PMID: 33526570.

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  • Published on 2/18/2021

    Serrano GE, Walker JE, Arce R, Glass MJ, Vargas D, Sue LI, Intorcia AJ, Nelson CM, Oliver J, Papa J, Russell A, Suszczewicz KE, Borja CI, Belden C, Goldfarb D, Shprecher D, Atri A, Adler CH, Shill HA, Driver-Dunckley E, Mehta SH, Readhead B, Huentelman MJ, Peters JL, Alevritis E, Bimi C, Mizgerd JP, Reiman EM, Montine TJ, Desforges M, Zehnder JL, Sahoo MK, Zhang H, Solis D, Pinsky BA, Deture M, Dickson DW, Beach TG. Mapping of SARS-CoV-2 Brain Invasion and Histopathology in COVID-19 Disease. medRxiv. 2021 Feb 18. PMID: 33619496.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    Shenoy AT, Mizgerd JP. Seedy CD8+ TRM cells in aging lungs drive susceptibility to pneumonia and sequelae. Cell Mol Immunol. 2021 04; 18(4):787-789. PMID: 33420355.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    Beach TG, Russell A, Sue LI, Intorcia AJ, Glass MJ, Walker JE, Arce R, Nelson CM, Hidalgo T, Chiarolanza G, Mariner M, Scroggins A, Pullen J, Souders L, Sivananthan K, Carter N, Saxon-LaBelle M, Hoffman B, Garcia A, Callan M, Fornwalt BE, Carew J, Filon J, Cutler B, Papa J, Curry JR, Oliver J, Shprecher D, Atri A, Belden C, Shill HA, Driver-Dunckley E, Mehta SH, Adler CH, Haarer CF, Ruhlen T, Torres M, Nguyen S, Schmitt D, Fietz M, Lue LF, Walker DG, Mizgerd JP, Serrano GE. Increased Risk of Autopsy-Proven Pneumonia with Sex, Season and Neurodegenerative Disease. medRxiv. 2021 Jan 08. PMID: 33442709.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Sagar M, Reifler K, Rossi M, Miller NS, Sinha P, White LF, Mizgerd JP. Recent endemic coronavirus infection is associated with less-severe COVID-19. J Clin Invest. 2021 01 04; 131(1). PMID: 32997649.

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