About the SMI Oral History Project

In 2016, the Society for Mucosal Immunology began the SMI Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to preserve a piece of the knowledge of leaders in the field of mucosal immunology for young investigators emerging in the field today. In the below interviews, historic SMI leaders have shared stories on how their accomplishments helped shape the field, along with their advice for the future generations of SMI members. The Board of Councilors thanks these historic SMI leaders for their outstanding achievements in the organization and for their contribution to this project.

Dr. Elson Interview | June 2nd, 2016


Dr. Mestecky Interview | April 28th, 2016


Dr. Kiyono Interview | April 17th, 2016


Dr. Brandtzaeg Interview | February 19th, 2016


Dr. Strober Interview | February 17th, 2016


Dr. Bienenstock Interview | February 12th, 2016

In this interview, Dr. Bienenstock and Dr. Allen discuss:

  • Important research problems in the field of mucosal immunology
  • Emerging topics in mucosal immunology
  • Dr. Bienenstock’s research contributions to the field
  • Career advice for students, post-docs, and junior faculty
  • Focus areas for the Society of Mucosal Immunology to promote scientific progress in the field
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Dr. McGhee Interview | February 11th, 2016