SMI is proud to recognize the following award recipients for their contributions to the field of mucosal immunology and the Society.

Dr. Thomas MacDonald

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes SMI members who have exhibited great citizenship through service to the society in a volunteer capacity over an extended period of time.

Thomas MacDonald, PhD, FRCPath, FMedSci
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Biographic Summary: Tom MacDonald is Professor of Immunology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. Professor MacDonald has a long-term interest in the intestinal immune system in health and disease, with particular interest in chronic inflammatory bowel disease, food hypersensitivity, the relationship between the normal flora and gut immunity, and protective immunity to bacterial pathogens.

Dr. Nadine Cerf-Bensussan

Per Brandtzaeg Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

This award honors outstanding members of the community of scientists in mucosal immunology who has made scientific achievements and contributed to the field of mucosal immunology in a significant and important way over a long period of time

Nadine Cerf-Bensussan, MD, PhD

Biographic Summary: Nadine Cerf-Bensussan is a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and head of the Laboratory of Intestinal Immunity at Imagine Institute in Paris, France. Her laboratory studies the mechanisms underlying the interactions between the host immune system, the intestinal epithelium and intraluminal antigens in health and in disease.

Dr. Greg Sonnenberg

Inaugural Young Investigator Award

This award was established in 2017 to honor young investigators within 15 years of their postdoctoral experience who have made significant contributions to the field of mucosal immunology. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Gregory F. Sonnenberg, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University

Biographic Summary: Gregory Sonnenberg is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. The focus and long-term research goals of the Sonnenberg Laboratory are to interrogate the mechanisms that maintain a state of health in the human gastrointestinal tract.