Decoding Foreign Antigen Tolerance: Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo

Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo, a researcher in the Cellular Genetics program at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, has been recognized with a 2023 Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology Finalist award for her essay “Decoding Foreign Antigen Tolerance”. Dr. Vento-Tormo and her VentoLab team used genomics and imaging tools to construct physiological environments that mimic organs such as the placenta or the testis. Through machine-learning tools, Vento-Tormo and her team can analyze these replica tissues and determine the cells and regulatory processes that drive immune tolerance.

The $10,000 prize encourages Dr. Vento-Tormo and her lab to continue their groundbreaking work using innovative technological advancements in medical research.

About Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology:

The Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology is a $30K Grand Prize and $10K Finalist Prizes awarded annually to support promising early career investigators focused on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery.

The 2024 Michelson Prizes will look for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.

For more information about the prizes, please visit here.