Rationalists do it by the rules. Empiricists do it to the rules.
In the Kipnis lab, we proudly admit to being empiricists because we believe that doing risky (and sometimes crazy) experiments is what moves science forward.
We study complex interactions between the immune and nervous systems.
Simply put, we investigate how the nervous and immune systems talk to each other in health and disease. We have discovered lymphatic vessels in the tissues surrounding the brain, a finding that has challenged some of the previous dogmas in the field of neuroimmunology and increased our knowledge and understanding of how the immune system impacts neurological diseases.
Our goal is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous and immune system interactions in neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental and mental disorders as well as in physiology (healthy aging).