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Welcome to the Ramirez-Ortiz Lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Our Research Focus

  • Understanding the role of scavenger receptors in the response to infectious agents and self-antigens
  • Understanding the interplay between dendritic cells and the removal of apoptotic cells during autoimmune diseases

Representative Publication:

  • Jorge A.M., Lao T., Kim R., Licciardi S., ElKhoury J., Luster A.D., Means T.K., Ramirez-Ortiz Z.G. “SCARF1-induced efferocytosis plays an immunomodulatory role in humans, and autoantibodies targeting SCARF1 are produced in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus” Journal of Immunology. In Press

  • Ramirez-Ortiz, Z.G., Pendergraft, W.F. 3rd, Prasad, A., Byrne, M.H., Iram, T., Blanchette, C.J., Luster, A.D., Hacohen, N., El Khoury, J., Means, T.K. (2013). The scavenger receptor SCARF1 mediates the clearance of apoptotic cells and prevents autoimmunity. Nat Immunol. Sep;14(9):917-26 

More Publications

Join our Lab

The Ramirez-Ortiz Lab is hiring. We are currently recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow. 

Please contact Dr. Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz if you are interested.

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