IMP faculty member, Ifor Williams, 85MD, 86PhD, is now President-Elect at the Society For Mucosal Immunology (SMI).
Dr. Williams is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, where he heads a research lab devoted to gastrointestinal mucosal immunology with a focus on the differentiation and function of antigen sampling intestinal M cells. He is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology and serves as the Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at Emory University Hospital. He completed his doctoral training (Microbiology and Immunology) and medical training at Emory University, followed by residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, he did postdoctoral work in the laboratories of Emil Unanue (Pathology) and Thomas Kupper (Dermatology). In 1992 he moved to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he began as an Instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Division of Dermatology in 1995. While at Harvard, he pursued immunodermatology research focusing on the role of cytokines in inflammatory skin disease. In 1997, he moved to Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department of Dermatology. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He was elected to the SMI Board of Councilors in 2011 and has served as the SMI Secretary-Treasurer since 2012.
SMI was formed in 1987 to advance research and education related to the field of mucosal immunology. Today the society represents a diverse group of more than 700 scientists and clinicians from 34 countries.