Dr. Offit is director of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology. He is co-inventor of a landmark vaccine achievement for the prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis.
When the immune system inappropriately destroys blood cells, in a relatively rare group of diseases called autoimmune cytopenias, children may suffer for years with anemia, uncontrolled bleeding, and vulnerability to infections, while their parents struggle to find a diagnosis.
The Silverman Lab investigates early-life modifiable factors influencing the development and function of the immune system and harnesses these factors to prevent autoimmune diabetes (T1D). The lab discovered that the major histocompatibility complex class II E molecule prevents T1D by shaping the intestinal microbiota early in life. These protective early-life microbes then educate the immune system to prevent autoimmunity.