Filip Swirski

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Filip Swirski's Lab

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Our lab seeks to elucidate how leukocytes shape and are shaped by inflammation. We work with models of acute and chronic inflammation relevant to infectious, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases, and focus on cell development, communication, and function. We think that diversity of inflammatory conditions arises from the tension between conserved cell behaviors and specific tissue contexts. We collaborate with clinical investigators to translate our fundamental discoveries to better understand, and ultimately improve, human health.

Specific projects in the lab include those that build on previous work, such as monocyte and macrophage function in atherosclerosis (J Clin Invest 2007; Nat Med 2013; Science 2013), mechanisms orchestrating wound healing after myocardial infarction (J Exp Med 2007; Science 2009), and the role of IRA B cells in infection (Science 2012; J Exp Med 2014; Science 2015). New projects in the lab aim to define how sleep influences hematopoiesis and atherosclerosis, how hematopoietic growth factors control myocardial inflammation, how inflammation bears upon Alzheimer’s Disease, and how iron is recycled and controlled during dyserythropoietic anemias and anemias of inflammation. We interact closely with the Nahrendorf lab and are part of an International Symposium to study Systemic Inflammatory Networks in Ischemic Heart Disease

Recent Publications (more...)

Theurl I, Hilgendorf I, Nairz M, Tymoszuk P, Haschka D, Asshoff M, He S, Gerhardt LM, Holderried TA, Seifert M, Sopper S, Fenn AM, Anzai A, Rattik S, McAlpine C, Theurl M, Wieghofer P, Iwamoto Y, Weber GF, Harder NK, Chousterman BG, Arvedson TL, McKee M, Wang F, Lutz OM, Rezoagli E, Babitt JL, Berra L, Prinz M, Nahrendorf M, Weiss G, Weissleder R, Lin HY, Swirski FK
On-demand erythrocyte disposal and iron recycling requires transient macrophages in the liver
Nature Med. 2016;:ePub - PMID: 27428900
Sager HB, Dutta P, Dahlman JE, Hulsmans M, Courties G, Sun Y, Heidt T, Vinegoni C, Borodovsky A, Fitzgerald K, Wojtkiewicz GR, Iwamoto Y, Tricot B, Khan OF, Kauffman KJ, Xing Y, Shaw TE, Libby P, Langer R, Weissleder R, Swirski FK, Anderson DG, Nahrendorf M
RNAi targeting multiple cell adhesion molecules reduces immune cell recruitment and vascular inflammation after myocardial infarction
Sci Transl Med. 2016;8:342 - PMID: 27280687 - Cover
McAlpine CS, Swirski FK
Circadian Influence on Metabolism and Inflammation in Atherosclerosis.
Circ Res. 2016;119(1):131-41 - PMID: 27340272 - PMCID: PMC4922503
Lindau A, Härdtner C, Hergeth SP, Blanz KD, Dufner B, Hoppe N, Anto-Michel N, Kornemann J, Zou J, Gerhardt LM, Heidt T, Willecke F, Geis S, Stachon P, Wolf D, Libby P, Swirski FK, Robbins CS, McPheat W, Hawley S, Braddock M, Gilsbach R, Hein L, von Zur Mühlen C, Bode C, Zirlik A, Hilgendorf I
Atheroprotection through SYK inhibition fails in established disease when local macrophage proliferation dominates lesion progression.
Basic Res Cardiol. 2016;111(2):20 - PMID: 26891724 - PMCID: PMC4759214

Recent News (more...)

2016-06-01: Seonki Hong (Poster of Prestige), Chen-Han Huang (Poster of Merit), and Ashley Fenn (Poster of Distinction) received awards at 2016 MGH ORCD Research Fellows Poster Celebration. Congratulations!
2016-04-06: Fil Swirski, PhD has been selected as a 2016 MGH Research Scholar. Congratulations, Fil!
2015-12-30: Filip Swirski, PhD is the recipient of the 2016 MGH Martin Prize for Fundamental Research. Congratulations, Fil!
2015-06-29: CSB Cardiovascular Program actively participated in the 2015 Atherosclerosis Gordon Research Conference. (participants group photo)
2014-03-26: Filip Swirski, PhD, is the recipient of the 2014 MGH Howard Goodman Fellowship. This highly competitive $300,000 award is intended "to support the pursuit of excellence by young scientists of uncommon passion and ability". Congratulations Fil!