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...)

Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK
Cholesterol, CCR2, and monocyte phenotypes in atherosclerosis.
Eur Heart J. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28329093
Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Inflammation: Old, caffeinated, and healthy.
Nat Rev Cardiol. 2017;14(4):194-196 - PMID: 28250451
Keliher EJ, Ye YX, Wojtkiewicz GR, Aguirre AD, Tricot B, Senders ML, Groenen H, Fay F, Perez-Medina C, Calcagno C, Carlucci G, Reiner T, Sun Y, Courties G, Iwamoto Y, Kim HY, Wang C, Chen JW, Swirski FK, Wey HY, Hooker J, Fayad ZA, Mulder WJ, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Polyglucose nanoparticles with renal elimination and macrophage avidity facilitate PET imaging in ischaemic heart disease.
Nat Commun. 2017;8:14064 - PMID: 28091604 - PMCID: PMC5241815
Nairz M, Theurl I, Swirski FK, Weiss G
"Pumping iron" - how macrophages handle iron at the systemic, microenvironmental, and cellular levels.
Pflugers Arch. 2017;469(3-4):397-418 - PMID: 28251312

Recent News (more...)

2017-03-17: Fil Swirski, PhD is a recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Investigator Award from the NHLBI and the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. Congratulations, Fil!
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)