Donna Farber, PhD

Donna L. Farber, Ph.D. is the George H Humphreys, II Professor of Surgical Sciences (in Surgery) and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University. The focus of Dr. Farber’s research is on anti-viral immunity and human immunology. Dr. Farber’s laboratory originally identified a specialized subset of memory T cells that take up long-term resident in tissues, such as the lung. She discovered that these lung tissue resident memory T cells mediate optimal protective immunity to respiratory virus infections. These findings led her to establish a major initiative in translational immunology to study human tissue immunity and its development from infancy through adulthood in multiple mucosal and lymphoid tissues from organ donors of all ages. Dr. Farber leads NIH/NIAID-funded Program grants on human immunity, anti-viral responses and is part of the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC), and the NIH/NHLBI consortium on human lung aging. In addition to the NIH, her research is supported by the Helmsley Charitable trust and the Chan-Zuckerberg seed network for the Human Cell Atlas. She has over 150 publications, is a fellow of the AAAS, and has served on advisory committees for the NIH, American Association of Immunologists (AAI), and multiple editorial boards.