John T. Harty Laboratory at the University of Iowa


Welcome to the Laboratory of Dr. John T. Harty, Ph.D., in the University of Iowa's Department of Pathology. We are also associated with the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology, and the Cancer Center at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Research in the Harty laboratory is focused on understanding the dynamics of the T cell response, how effector and memory T cell differentiation are regulated, how memory T cell populations are maintained and how they can be generated and manipulated to enhance protective immunity.

Group Lab Photo September 2021

A big welcome to our newest Postdoc, Mariah Hassert, joining us from Saint Louis University this August!

Congratulations to our own Sequoia Crooks for her successful MS thesis defense on 7/14/21! 

Dr. Scott Anthony has also left us to join the Integrated Research Facility at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on the east coast. Good luck to him as well!

Dr. Stina Urban has left us to join Pfizer out on the west coast. Best of luck to her in her new career!

Dr. Lisa Drewry's newest paper is available with a free access link (through 9/3/20): RPL-6: An Achilles Needle in the Malaria Haystack?

Dr. Stina Urban's newest paper is now online ahead of print in Nature Immunology

Congratulations to our alum Dr. Martin Richer who is now a tenured Associate Professor at McGill! Check out his research here: 
Update: The Richer lab will be moving to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in September.

The Harty lab moved to the Department of Pathology as of May 2020. Thank you to all our former and current colleagues in Microbiology and Immunology for their support and we wish them the best of luck going forward!

Congratulations to our new postdoc Lisa Drewry on the publication of her graduate work, out in Nature Microbiology:
The secreted kinase ROP17 promotes Toxoplasma gondii dissemination by hijacking monocyte tissue migration

Speech! (Sam Kurup's farewell party)
Dr. Samarchith Kurup left us to start his career as a faculty member in Athens at the Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia. We are all sad to lose Sam, and wish him and his lovely family well!

Dr. Lisa Drewry and Dr. Stephanie van de Wall joined us in the summer of 2019 as Postdocs.  Welcome! 

Nature Medicine Volume 23 No 10 October 2017
Research from our lab was featured on the cover of Nature Medicine. The cover image depicts a germinal-center reaction in the spleen of a mouse infected with Plasmodium yoelii, after treatment with anti-CTLA-4. CD4+ T helper cells (green), B cells (blue), germinal-center B cells (white) and plasmablasts (red) are shown. Image credit: Dr. Samarchith P. Kurup and the University of Iowa Central Microscopy Research Facility. Artwork by Erin Dewalt.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Anthony for being named the 2019 Lefrançois-BioLegend Award Recipient at the 2019 AAI Meeting. Established to honor the memory of AAI member Leo Lefrançois, Ph.D., this award is intended to advance the career of a trainee (graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of mucosal immunology. This award is generously supported by BioLegend and donations from friends and colleagues of Dr. Lefrançois.

New Review: T cell-mediated immunity to malaria

New Paper: Monocyte-Derived CD11c+ Cells Acquire Plasmodium from Hepatocytes to Prime CD8 T Cell Immunity to Liver-Stage Malaria

Congratulations to Dr. Stina Urban for being named a 2018-2019 AAI Public Policy Fellow