Founders & Advisors

Erika Pearce, Ph.D.

Erika Pearce, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Pearce is a leading molecular biologist and immunologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her groundbreaking research into the role of metabolism in immune system regulation has led to key discoveries about fundamental mechanisms in cell biology and opened new paths for drug development. Previously she was Senior Group Leader and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, and Head of the Department of Immunometabolism. Her research focuses on understanding how metabolic pathways in immune cells can lead to disease and how to target these pathways for therapeutic applications.

Prior to moving to the Max Planck she worked at the Trudeau Institute (NY) and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Recent Publication:

Polyamine metabolism is a central determinant of helper T cell lineage fidelity, 2021
Daniel J. Puleston, Francesc Baixauli, David E.Sanin, Joy Edwards-Hicks, Matteo Villa, Agnieszka M. Kabat, Marcin M.Kamiński, Michal Stanckzak, Hauke J.Weiss, Katarzyna M.Grzes, Klara Piletic, Cameron S. Field, Mauro Corrado, Fabian Haessler, Chao Wang, Yaarub Musa, Lena Schimmelpfennig, Lea Flachsmann, Gerhard Mittler, Nir Yosef, Vijay K. Kuchroo, Joerg M.Buescher, Stefan Balabanov, Edward J. Pearce, Douglas R. Green, Erika L. Pearce
Cell, 184 (16), 4186-4202.e20