Kayla Bell Memorial Lecture

In August 2020, the BUSM Pulmonary Center community experienced the shocking and sudden loss of Kayla Bell, a research technician in the Maglione laboratory of the Pulmonary Center. Not only was Kayla a highly talented scientist and aspiring immunologist, she was a consummate team player always looking for ways to help out in the Pulmonary Center.

The Kayla Bell Memorial Lecture was established in 2021 to commemorate Kayla Bell’s scientific contribution to the Pulmonary Center and unforgettable kindness and friendship as a beloved member of our Pulmonary community. This lecture series has been supported in part by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.


2024: Jolan Walter, MD, PhD, University of South Florida, “CVID and lymphoproliferative lung disease: from diagnosis to therapy.”

2023: Megan Cooper, MD, PhD, Washington University-St. Louis, “The Changing Landscape of Genetic Diagnosis of Inborn Errors of Immunity.”

2022: Carrie Lucas, PhD, Yale University, “Immunobiology Illuminated by Pediatric Immune Disorders.”

The Kayla Bell Citizenship Award

In the spirit of Kayla’s thoughtful and eager generosity, we have established a Kayla Bell Pulmonary Center Citizenship Award. This award is an occasion to celebrate and commemorate the time that Kayla shared with us, bestowed annually to a member of the Pulmonary Center who most embodies Kayla’s kind and helpful manner.