“Discovery in the lab is exhilarating, but translating discoveries into advances with real impact — turning a Eureka moment into medicine — takes a terrifying kind of teamwork that is very special.”

Gerald T. Nepom, PhD, MD


Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Nepom has served in academic and executive leadership roles for over 30 years with a focus on immunology, autoimmunity, and immunotherapy research.   Dr. Nepom is currently the Director of the NIAID-sponsored Immune Tolerance Network (ITN), designing and leading clinical trials in transplantation, allergy, and autoimmune disease. He is the founder and former Director of the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), and previously served as faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine.   Dr. Nepom serves on numerous editorial boards and professional advisory boards related to molecular immunology, autoimmunity, and immunotherapy, and is a past president of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS). Dr. Nepom has published over 350 scientific papers on human immunology, genetics, and autoimmune disease with a focus on T cell immunobiology, disease susceptibility and pathogenesis.

Dr. Nepom received his A.B. magna cum laude (1972) from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1977) and M.D. (1978) from the University of Washington (UW).