CD8+ T cells help control infection and aid in the development of an improved tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, revealed Dr. Lewinsohn's research interest is in Tuberculosis Immunology.
Dr. Lewinsohn is a professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, and is director of the OHSU Center for Global Child Health Research, Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Sciences University. He also holds adjunct appointments in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology as well as the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
This work has resulted in the creation of a small OHSU startup, ViTi, that he manages with Deborah Lewinsohn. ViTi was created to take the work in the lab, and to develop improved diagnostics for TB. Dr. Lewinsohn has collaborated with the CDC, the TB Research Unit (TBRU), the Kwazulu-Natal Research Institute for HIV and TB, the South African TB Vaccine Initiative, the AERAS Global Vaccine Foundation, Oxford University and UCSF. Dr. Lewinsohn was the co-chair of the ATS/CDC/IDSA committee to develop new guidelines for the diagnosis of infection with Mtb.