Swirski, Filip, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone: 617-724-6242
Email: fswirski@mgh.harvard.edu
Lab: Swirski, Filip

Dr. Swirski is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2004, Dr. Swirski obtained his PhD in Immunology from McMaster University in Canada. In 2007, he completed his postdoctoral studies in Vascular Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and MGH, and was recruited to the Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at MGH and HMS. Dr. Swirski has received awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Currently, his research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Swirski studies innate immunity and leukocyte communication. Dr. Swirski is a member of the Harvard Immunology Ph. D. Program.

Selected Publications (from total 153)

  • McAlpine CS, Kiss MG, Rattik S, He S, Vassalli A, Valet C, Anzai A, Chan CT, Mindur JE, Kahles F, Poller WC, Frodermann V, Fenn AM, Gregory AF, Halle L, Iwamoto Y, Hoyer FF, Binder CJ, Libby P, Tafti M, Scammell TE, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK Sleep modulates haematopoiesis and protects against atherosclerosis. Nature. 2019;566(7744):383-387 - PMID: 30760925 - PMCID: PMC6442744 - DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-0948-2

  • He S*, Kahles F*, Rattik S*, Nairz M, McAlpine CS, Anzai A, Selgrade D, Fenn AM, Chan CT, Mindur JE, Valet C, Poller WC, Halle L, Rotllan N, Iwamoto Y, Wojtkiewicz GR, Weissleder R, Libby P, Fernández-Hernando C, Drucker DJ, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK Gut intraepithelial T cells calibrate metabolism and accelerate cardiovascular disease. Nature. 2019;566(7742):115-119 - PMID: 30700910 - PMCID: PMC6367023 - DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0849-9

  • Anzai A, Mindur JE, Halle L, Sano S, Choi JL, He S, McAlpine CS, Chan CT, Kahles F, Valet C, Fenn AM, Nairz M, Rattik S, Iwamoto Y, Fairweather D, Walsh K, Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK Self-reactive CD4+ IL-3+ T cells amplify autoimmune inflammation in myocarditis by inciting monocyte chemotaxis. J Exp Med. 2019;216(2):369-383 - PMID: 30670465 - PMCID: PMC6363430 - DOI: 10.1084/jem.20180722

  • Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M Cardioimmunology: the immune system in cardiac homeostasis and disease. Nat Rev Immunol. 2018;18(12):733-744 - PMID: 30228378 - DOI: 10.1038/s41577-018-0065-8

  • 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;22(8):945-951 - PMID: 27428900 - PMCID: PMC4957133 - DOI: 10.1038/nm.4146

  • Weber GF, Chousterman BG, He S, Fenn AM, Nairz M, Anzai A, Brenner T, Uhle F, Iwamoto Y, Robbins CS, Noiret L, Maier SL, Zönnchen T, Rahbari NN, Schölch S, Klotzsche-von Ameln A, Chavakis T, Weitz J, Hofer S, Weigand MA, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK Interleukin-3 amplifies acute inflammation and is a potential therapeutic target in sepsis. Science. 2015;347(6227):1260-1265 - PMID: 25766237 - PMCID: PMC4376966 - DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa4268

  • Weber GF, Chousterman BG, Hilgendorf I, Robbins CS, Theurl I, Gerhardt LM, Iwamoto Y, Quach TD, Ali M, Chen JW, Rothstein TL, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK Pleural innate response activator B cells protect against pneumonia via a GM-CSF-IgM axis. J Exp Med. 2014;211(6):1243-56 - PMID: 24821911 - PMCID: PMC4042649 - DOI: 10.1084/jem.20131471

  • Hilgendorf I, Gerhardt L, Tan TC, Winter C, Holderried TA, Chousterman BG, Iwamoto Y, Liao R, Zirlik A, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Hedrick CC, Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK Ly-6Chigh Monocytes Depend on Nr4a1 to Balance both Inflammatory and Reparative Phases in the Infarcted Myocardium. Circ Res. 2014;114(10):1611-22 - PMID: 24625784 - PMCID: PMC4017349 - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.303204

  • Robbins CS, Hilgendorf I, Weber GF, Theurl I, Iwamoto Y, Figueiredo JL, Gorbatov R, Sukhova GK, Gerhardt LM, Smyth D, Zavitz CC, Shikatani EA, Parsons M, Rooijen NV, Lin HY, Husain M, Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK Local proliferation dominates lesional macrophage accumulation in atherosclerosis. Nature Med. 2013;19(9):1166-72 - PMID: 23933982 - PMCID: PMC3769444 - DOI: 10.1038/nm.3258

  • Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M Leukocyte behavior in atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. Science. 2013;339(6116):161-6 - PMID: 23307733 - PMCID: PMC3891792 - DOI: 10.1126/science.1230719

  • Rauch PJ*, Chudnovskiy A*, Robbins CS*, Weber GF, Etzrodt M, Hilgendorf I, Tiglao E, Figueiredo JL, Iwamoto Y, Theurl I, Gorbatov R, Waring MT, Chicoine AT, Mouded M, Pittet MJ, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK Innate Response Activator B Cells Protect Against Microbial Sepsis. Science. 2012;335(6068):597-601 - PMID: 22245738 - PMCID: PMC3279743 - DOI: 10.1126/science.1215173

  • Swirski* FK, Nahrendorf* M, Etzrodt M, Wildgruber M, Cortez-Retamozo V, Panizzi P, Figueiredo JL, Kohler RH, Chudnovskiy A, Waterman P, Aikawa E, Mempel TR, Libby P, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ Identification of Splenic Reservoir Monocytes and Their Deployment to Inflammatory Sites. Science. 2009;325 (5940):612-6 - PMID: 19644120 - PMCID: PMC2803111 - DOI: 10.1126/science.1175202

  • Nahrendorf M, Swirski FK, Aikawa E, Stangenberg L, Wurdinger T, Figueiredo JL, Libby P, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ The healing myocardium sequentially mobilizes two monocyte subsets with divergent and complementary functions. J Exp Med. 2007;204(12):3037-47 - PMID: 18025128 - PMCID: PMC2118517 - DOI: 10.1084/jem.20070885

  • Swirski FK, Libby P, Aikawa E, Alcaide P, Luscinskas FW, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ Ly-6Chi monocytes dominate hypercholesterolemia-associated monocytosis and give rise to macrophages in atheromata. J Clin Invest. 2007;117(1):195-205 - PMID: 17200719 - PMCID: PMC1716211 - DOI: 10.1172/JCI29950