Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

2007 B Cells

Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhDOver the past few years, evidence has been growing that B cells (B lymphocytes) play a central role in the cause and development of lupus by making antibodies to the body’s own DNA.

Consequently, therapies that eliminate B cells are of great interest, and a number of clinical trials that test this concept in people with lupus are currently underway.

Dr. Anolik will develop a mouse model to study the why depleting B cells like this successfully counters lupus in some people.

The hope: that greater understanding of this link may lead to more effective treatments for lupus.