An assistant professor in Pathobiology, Professor Som Nanjappa has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine since August of 2017.
How long have you worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine?
I joined CVM on August 16, 2017. It’s been an incredible learning and exploring
experience, so far! Go Illini!
Can you give us a description of your role at the college?
I am an Assistant Professor in Immunology, mainly focused on infectious research-
based discoveries. We use state-of-the-art mouse model systems of vaccinations and
infections to uncover how pathogens inflict humans and unearth the novel immune
mechanisms for the development of vaccines and immunotherapeutics against such,
especially for immunocompromised patients. We use fungi, mycobacteria and
toxoplasma agents. I am also involved in teaching immunology to DVM students.
Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college?
With others, I am a facility manager of the cutting-edge ‘Flow Cytometry’ facility, and the
cytometer is aptly named ‘Aurora’ that can ‘shine’ to “undress” up to 20 molecules on/in
a single cell!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Immunology Research, of course! But I have been a part of wonderful research groups
on the campus, and training/teaching the NextGen scientists and clinicians!
Tell us about your most memorable day at work!
With a short stint here at the UIUC, one thing I would like to highlight is our 2018 paper
in The Journal of Immunology recognized as ‘In This Issue’ featured article! Kudos to
What would your coworkers be surprised to learn about your life outside of work?
I love long-distance traveling by car for days, and I love playing sports and watching
Do you have any pets?
No, but I would love to have a Labrador.