Dr. Akbari obtained his Ph.D. from Brigitta Stockinger's laboratory in the Division of Molecular Immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research. He performed postdoctoral work at Stanford University and in 2004 became Assistant Professor of Allergy and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. In 2008, Dr. Akbari joined the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Keck School of Medicine, USC as Tenured Associate Professor of Immunology. The objective of Dr. Akbari's laboratory is to characterize and define acquired and innate immune responses at mucosal surfaces; investigate the mechanisms underlying regulation of these responses and determine means by which those responses can be specifically manipulated. His recent research has contributed insights into the regulation and maintenance of ILC2s.