Donna Farber

Columbia University

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 identified subsets of tissue-resident memory T cells in the lung that mediate protective immunity to respiratory virus infection. 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.