PHILADELPHIA — David Artis, PhD, assistant professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will receive the AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award for outstanding, early-career research contributions to the field of immunology from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

He is one of the recipients of an AAI award for outstanding research and career achievements to be conferred at IMMUNOLOGY 2013™, the AAI Centennial Meeting, May 3-7 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Artis’s research is focused on understanding the regulatory mechanisms that control immune cell homeostasis at the body’s barrier surfaces.  Employing diverse models of microbial colonization, pathogen infection and chronic inflammation, his research examines how mammalian host genetics and signals derived from commensal microbial communities influence innate and adaptive immune responses in the skin, lung, and intestine.

 “It’s an enormous honor to be recognized by the members of the AAI with such a prestigious award,” says Artis. “I also thank all the trainees and collaborators that I have had the pleasure of working with. An award like this is a testament to their creativity, hard-work, and dedication.”

Artis has also received the Lady Barbara Colyton Prize for Autoimmune Research in 2011 and the Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award from Penn in 2012, among other awards.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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