Leading by Innovation
Since 1991, Thomas J. Braciale, M.D., Ph.D., has directed the Carter Immunology Center, where he has worked to expand immunology research across UVA. Trained as a physician and a scientist, Braciale has the background needed to oversee an innovative research model aimed at addressing essential disease challenges. He is currently the principal investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other external grants.
The Carter Immunology Center includes close to 70 investigators conducting research linked to defective immune response. Most research is carried out through individual research projects and collaborative program projects. Carter Center researchers have been extremely successful in securing funding from the National Institutes of Health and other government and non-government agencies. In 2009, the Carter Immunology Center moved into 25,000 square feet of new space designed specifically to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative research in immunology. The additional space has allowed the center to triple its full-time dedicated faculty and enable significant growth in specialized areas.