Neuron synapse blocked in myasthenia gravis

Our Lab


Dr. Oliver Garden, the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine, is the principal investigator of the Garden Immune Regulation Laboratory at the School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet).

The Garden Immune Regulation Laboratory has expertise in two key areas: (1) the biology of regulatory cells of lymphoid and myeloid origin in the context of the cancer microenvironment and autoimmune disease, particularly myasthenia gravis, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, and other immune-mediated diseases; and (2) the development of antigen-specific vaccinal immunotherapies for antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis and anti-N-methyl D-aspartate receptor encephalitis.  

Previously a member of the Comparative Physiology and Medicine and Infection and Immunity research themes at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, Oliver led the Oncology Special Interest Group (part of Comparative Physiology and Medicine) from 2012 to December 2016. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the RVC.


Our Mission

To deliver safe and effective immunotherapies for autoimmune and neoplastic diseases by leveraging the power of One Health in our fundamental research of pathomechanisms, clinical studies of emerging therapies, and dissemination of our work to the public.