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 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 Mar 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 Jan 08. 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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  • Published on 12/2/2020

    Guillon A, Mizgerd JP, Grammatico-Guillon L. 2-year survival among elderly hospitalised for acute respiratory infection versus hip fracture: a useful comparison to raise awareness. Eur Respir Rev. 2020 Dec 31; 29(158). PMID: 33268438.

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  • Published on 3/31/2020

    Wooten AK, Shenoy AT, Arafa EI, Akiyama H, Martin IMC, Jones MR, Quinton LJ, Gummuluru S, Bai G, Mizgerd JP. Unique Roles for Streptococcus pneumoniae Phosphodiesterase 2 in Cyclic di-AMP Catabolism and Macrophage Responses. Front Immunol. 2020; 11:554. PMID: 32300347.

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  • Published on 3/9/2020

    Semler MW, Bernard GR, Aaron SD, Angus DC, Biros MH, Brower RG, Calfee CS, Colantuoni EA, Ferguson ND, Gong MN, Hopkins RO, Hough CL, Iwashyna TJ, Levy BD, Martin TR, Matthay MA, Mizgerd JP, Moss M, Needham DM, Self WH, Seymour CW, Stapleton RD, Thompson BT, Wunderink RG, Aggarwal NR, Reineck LA. Identifying Clinical Research Priorities in Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care: NHLBI Working Group Report. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Mar 09. PMID: 32150460.

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  • Published on 2/27/2020

    Guillon A, Arafa EI, Barker KA, Belkina AC, Martin I, Shenoy AT, Wooten AK, Lyon De Ana C, Dai A, Labadorf A, Hernandez Escalante J, Dooms H, Blasco H, Traber KE, Jones MR, Quinton LJ, Mizgerd JP. Pneumonia recovery reprograms the alveolar macrophage pool. JCI Insight. 2020 02 27; 5(4). PMID: 31990682.

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  • Published on 1/2/2020

    Lin WC, Gowdy KM, Madenspacher JH, Zemans RL, Yamamoto K, Lyons-Cohen M, Nakano H, Janardhan K, Williams CJ, Cook DN, Mizgerd JP, Fessler MB. Epithelial membrane protein 2 governs transepithelial migration of neutrophils into the airspace. J Clin Invest. 2020 01 02; 130(1):157-170. PMID: 31550239.

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