Source: Interfolio F180

Michael G. Constantinides

Assistant Professor
Department of Immunology and Microbiology


Research Focus

Every surface of the body harbors distinct communities of commensal microbes, known as microbiota, that promote the immune system and other bodily functions. In turn, the immune system modulates the composition of these microorganisms and segregates them by sustaining barrier tissue function. This dialog between the microbiota and the host is of particular importance for specialized immune cells termed innate-like T cells, which predominantly localize in barrier tissues and have been increasingly recognized for their diverse roles in physiology.

The Constantinides Lab studies how microbes influence the development and function of innate-like T cells and the mechanism by which these immune cells reciprocally regulate the microbiota. We are developing targeted approaches to modulate these interactions and generating innovative therapies for the treatment of infectious diseases, autoimmunity, and cancer.


Ph.D. (Immunology), University of Chicago, 2014
B.A. (Chemistry), Princeton University, 2007

Professional Experience

2020-Present Assistant Professor, Scripps Research
2014-2020 Fellowship, National Institutes of Health

Awards & Professional Activities

2002 Fifth place nationally, Siemens Westinghouse Competition
2003 Semifinalist, Intel Science Talent Search
2014 Outstanding Thesis Award, University of Chicago
2015 Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute
2016 Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award, American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
2017 AAI-Thermo Fisher Trainee Achievement Award
2017 Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH
2020 William Paul Award for Best Paper in Cytokine Research, NIH
2021 Faculty Scholar Program, Donald E. & Delia B. Baxter Foundation

Selected Publications

LeBlanc, Gabrielle; Kreissl, Felix K.; Melamed, Jonathan; Sobel, Adam L.; Constantinides, Michael G. The role of unconventional T cells in maintaining tissue homeostasis. Seminars in Immunology 2022, 61-64, 101656.

Melamed, Jonathan; LeBlanc, Gabrielle; Constantinides, Michael G. Gut microbiota gestalt. Cell Host & Microbe 2022, 30, 899-901.

Constantinides, Michael G.; Belkaid, Yasmine Early-life imprinting of unconventional T cells and tissue homeostasis. Science 2021, 374, eabf0095.

Constantinides, Michael G.; Link, Verena M.; Tamoutounour, Samira; Wong, Andrea C.; Perez-Chaparro, P J.; Han, Seong-Ji; Chen, Y E.; Li, Kelin; Farhat, Sepideh; Weckel, Antonin; Krishnamurthy, Siddharth R.; Vujkovic-Cvijin, Ivan; Linehan, Jonathan L.; Bouladoux, Nicolas; Merrill, E D.; Roy, Sobhan; Cua, Daniel J.; Adams, Erin J.; Bhandoola, Avinash; Scharschmidt, Tiffany C.; Aubé, Jeffrey; Fischbach, Michael A.; Belkaid, Yasmine MAIT cells are imprinted by the microbiota in early life and promote tissue repair. Science 2019, 366, eaax6624.

Constantinides, Michael G.; McDonald, Benjamin D.; Verhoef, Philip A.; Bendelac, Albert A committed precursor to innate lymphoid cells. Nature 2014, 508, 397-401.