James Philip Di Santo, Board of Scientific Advisors

James Philip Di Santo (Institut Pasteur), Research Director at Inserm, Head of the Innate Immunity Unit.


James Di Santo, born in 1961 in Philadelphia (USA) is an INSERM Director of Research, classe exceptionnelle, expert in innate and adaptive immunity, immune deficiency and autoimmunity. He is a Professor of Immunology at the Institut Pasteur where he heads the Innate Immunity Unit.

James Di Santo received his Ph.D. in Immunology at Cornell University in New York City in 1989 and his M.D. at Cornell University Medical College in 1991. He completed postdoctoral training in Paris (1992-1994) and as an EMBO Fellow in Cologne, Germany (1995).


After moving to the Institut Pasteur in 1999, James Di Santo was Director of the Immunology Department from 2002 to 2006. He has been the Director of the INSERM Unit 668 since 2005.
In 2010-2011, he was a visiting scientist at the NIH in the Experimental Immunology Branch (Pr. A. Singer). James Di Santo is also a Member of the American Association of Immunologists, the French Society of Immunology and the Society for Natural Immunity. He is co-founder of the start-up company AXENIS specializing in ‘humanized’ mouse models for biomedical research.


James Di Santo received the Grand Challenge Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2005-2011), the Jean-Paul Binet Prize from the Fondation de la Recherche Médicale in 2006, the Jacques Oudin Prize from the French Society of Immunology in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2013.

Updated on 16/06/2014


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