Columbia University Medical Center

Nicholas Arpaia Named 2017 Searle Scholar

Nicholas Arpaia, assistant professor of microbiology & immunology, has been named a Searle Scholar for 2017.

Each year since 1981 the Searle Scholars program funds 15 exceptional young scientists who have recently been appointed to assistant professors at select universities. Each researcher is awarded $300,000 in flexible funding to support their work over the next three years.

Dr. Arpaia has been awarded the grant for his research “Immunological Tolerance and Mechanisms of Mucosal Barrier Maintenance.”

Dr. Arpaia joined the Department of Microbiology & Immunology in 2016 after completing a postdoc at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His lab investigates how the gut and other mucosal barriers–which are continuously exposed to large numbers of microbes–ensure that microbial threats are countered without causing collateral damage to surrounding tissues. Chronic inflammatory disorders can emerge when these immune responses are too strong; Dr. Arpaia’s studies look for ways to calm the immune response in such disorders.