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The center hosts events throughout the year in-person to share knowledge and breakthroughs in the field of immunology. If you are interested in joining a seminar virtually, please email at least 48 hours in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. View all of the center's 2023-24 Distinguished Lectureship Seminar Series here. 


The Center for Human Immunobiology 2nd Annual Scientific Retreat

July 18th-19th, 2024

Join Us

Participate in the 2nd Annual Center for Human Immunobiology Scientific Retreat to display your work, socialize with your peers, network with other researchers, and learn about your colleagues’ immunology related research. 


Register to Attend 

RSVP required by Friday, July 5th, 2024. Open to all CHI Members, registration is limited to 150 participants. There is no fee to attend.

Event RSVP Form

Poster Session 

You must register your poster by Monday, June 24th in order to display at the poster session. You will receive an email confirmation and instructions for the poster session once your registration is final. Please note, while this event is for CHI Members only, the CHI Retreat is a public event, not a private internal meeting. In case your research requires invention disclosure, please check with Northwestern INVO to submit a new application, which can be found under Policies and Forms on the INVO Website.

INVO requires 6 weeks prior to event (June 7, 2024) for compliance checks. For more information about the application process, please email INVO If you are not able to confirm with INVO related to invention disclosure you should not put confidential information on your poster.

Poster Registration Form



Thursday, July 18th, 2024


5:30 - 7:30 PM                  

Pre-retreat Dinner
Gino's East - Mag Mile



Friday, July 19th, 2024


9:00 - 10:00 AM               

Check-In & Breakfast

10:00 - 10:30 AM             

Welcome & Center Updates

10:30 - 11:00 AM             

CHI Pilot Grant Winners Update

Divakar S Mithal, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Samuel E Weinberg, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Pathology

11:00 - 12:00 PM             

Keynote Presentation "T cell fates: you are what you eat"

Susan Kaech, PhD, Professor and Director

Nomis Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis,

Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

12:00 - 1:30 PM               


1:30 - 2:30 PM                  

Select Northwestern Faculty Talks

Talk 1 - Satish Nadig, MD, PhD

Talk 2 - Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, PhD

2:30 - 2:45 PM                  

Coffee break

2:45 - 3:45 PM                  

"Meet the Editor” Panel
Discussion of editorial criteria, publishing strategies, peer review, and editorial careers.
Moderated by Krishan Chhiba, MD, PhD; Fellow, Division of Allergy and Immunology


Gail Bishop – Journal of Immunology

Christiana Fogg - Science Immunology 

Beth McNally – JCI

Faby Rivas – Immunity

3:45 - 4:45 PM                  

Select Northwestern Faculty Talks

Talk 3 - Chyung-Ru Wang, PhD

Talk 4 - David Gate, PhD

4:45 - 6:30 PM                  

Poster Session (Group A from 4:45 - 5:45 PM/ Group B from 5:45 - 6:45 PM) with Reception Bar and Food

6:30 - 6:45 PM                  

Poster Session Awards


The pre-retreat reception, retreat and poster presentation is open to Faculty, Trainees and Staff of both the Chicago and Evanston Campus and Sponsors of Bronze Level and higher. You must have a Northwestern University affiliation to attend and to present a poster. For more information contact us: 


2024 Sponsors

The 2nd Annual Center for Human Immunobiology Scientific Retreat is generously supported by the following sponsors: 

Gold Level Sponsors 

Bronze Level Sponsors 


Supporting Level Sponsor


Interested in sponsoring the CHI 2024 Annual Scientific Retreat? Contact us to learn more and request a sponsorship opportunities packet,

Center for Human Immunobiology Launch Retreat, April 2022

Faculty across the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine community came together to discuss key goals and initiatives for the newly formed center at our 2022 retreat.

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