Michael Grusby

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases


Dr. Grusby’s research interests have been on the role of a class of transcription factors called signal transducer and activator of transcription (STATs) in the differentiation and function of T helper cell subsets. Studies from his lab have shown how manipulating STAT activity can alter the function of T helper cells and therefore change the outcome of conditions such as asthma and other inflammatory diseases. In addition, Dr. Grusby has published a number of studies on the biology of the cytokine IL-21, demonstrating its critical role in the development of diabetes.  Dr. Grusby served as the past Director of the PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health (BPH) Program within the Division of Biological Sciences and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Office for Educational Programs.


PhD, 1988, Northwestern University