Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD

Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Scientific Program:Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Research Interests

  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Polyomavirus
  • Infections
  • Viruses
  • Antiviral Agents
  • Virus Diseases
  • Neoplasms
  • Polyomavirus Infections
  • Peptides
  • Antigens
  • Immunity
  • Brain

Recent Publications


Netherby-Winslow, CS, Ayers, KN & Lukacher, AE 2021, 'Balancing Inflammation and Central Nervous System Homeostasis: T Cell Receptor Signaling in Antiviral Brain TRM Formation and Function', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 11, 624144.
Ren, HM, Lukacher, A, Rahman, ZSM & Olsen, NJ 2021, 'New developments implicating IL-21 in autoimmune disease', Journal of Autoimmunity, vol. 122, 102689.


Lauver, MD, Goetschius, DJ, Netherby-Winslow, CS, Ayers, KN, Jin, G, Haas, DG, Frost, EL, Cho, SH, Bator, CM, Bywaters, SM, Christensen, ND, Hafenstein, SL & Lukacher, AE 2020, 'Antibody escape by polyomavirus capsid mutation facilitates neurovirulence', eLife, vol. 9, pp. 1-68.
Mockus, TE, Netherby-Winslow, CS, Atkins, HM, Lauver, MD, Jin, G, Ren, HM & Lukacher, AE 2020, 'CD8 T cells and STAT1 signaling are essential codeterminants in protection from polyomavirus encephalopathy', Journal of virology, vol. 94, no. 8, e02038-19.
Ren, HM, Kolawole, EM, Ren, M, Jin, G, Netherby-Winslow, CS, Wade, Q, Shwetank, , Rahman, ZSM, Evavold, BD & Lukacher, AE 2020, 'IL-21 from high-affinity CD4 T cells drives differentiation of brain-resident CD8 T cells during persistent viral infection', Science Immunology, vol. 5, no. 51, A1.
Ren, HM & Lukacher, AE 2020, 'Il-21 in homeostasis of resident memory and exhausted cd8 t cells during persistent infection', International journal of molecular sciences, vol. 21, no. 18, 6966, pp. 1-16.
Lauver, MD & Lukacher, AE 2020, 'JCPyV VP1 Mutations in Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy: Altering Tropism or Mediating Immune Evasion?', Viruses, vol. 12, no. 10, 1156.
Chodisetti, SB, Fike, AJ, Domeier, PP, Schell, SL, Mockus, TE, Choi, NM, Corradetti, C, Hou, B, Atkins, HM, Caricchio, R, Decker, T, Lukacher, AE, Olsen, N & Rahman, ZSM 2020, 'Serine phosphorylation of the STAT1 transactivation domain promotes autoreactive B cell and systemic autoimmunity development', Journal of Immunology, vol. 204, no. 10, pp. 2641-2650.


Desai, D, Lauver, M, Ostman, A, Cruz, L, Ferguson, K, Jin, G, Roper, B, Brosius, D, Lukacher, A, Amin, S & Buchkovich, N 2019, 'Inhibition of diverse opportunistic viruses by structurally optimized retrograde trafficking inhibitors', Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, vol. 27, no. 9, pp. 1795-1803.
Shwetank, Frost, EL, Mockus, TE, Ren, HM, Toprak, M, Lauver, MD, Netherby-Winslow, CS, Jin, G, Cosby, JM, Evavold, BD & Lukacher, AE 2019, 'PD-1 dynamically regulates inflammation and development of brain-resident memory CD8 T cells during persistent viral encephalitis', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 10, no. MAR, 783.
Shwetank 2019, 'To Go or Stay: The Development, Benefit, and Detriment of Tissue-Resident Memory CD8 T Cells during Central Nervous System Viral Infections', Viruses, vol. 11, no. 9.


Mockus, TE, Shwetank, Lauver, MD, Ren, HM, Netherby, CS, Salameh, T, Kawasawa, YI, Yue, F, Broach, JR & Lukacher, AE 2018, 'CD4 T cells control development and maintenance of brain-resident CD8 T cells during polyomavirus infection', PLoS pathogens, vol. 14, no. 10, e1007365.
Ward-Kavanagh, LK, Kokolus, KM, Cooper, TK, Lukacher, AE & Schell, TD 2018, 'Combined sublethal irradiation and agonist anti-CD40 enhance donor T cell accumulation and control of autochthonous murine pancreatic tumors', Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, vol. 67, no. 4, pp. 639-652.
Braciale, TJ, Lukacher, AE, Sweetser, MT & Braciale, VL 2018, Cytolytic T lymphocyte clones in anti-viral immunity: Effector function in vivo and mechanism of action. in Cytolytic Lymphocytes and Complement Effectors of the Immune System. vol. 2, CRC Press, pp. 161-174.


Maru, S, Jin, G, Desai, D, Amin, S, Shwetank, Lauver, MD & Lukacher, AE 2017, 'Inhibition of retrograde transport limits polyomavirus infection in vivo', mSphere, vol. 2, no. 6, e00494-17.
Shwetank, Abdelsamed, HA, Frost, EL, Schmitz, HM, Mockus, TE, Youngblood, BA & Lukacher, AE 2017, 'Maintenance of PD-1 on brain-resident memory CD8 T cells is antigen independent', Immunology and Cell Biology, vol. 95, no. 10, pp. 953-959.
Qin, Q, Lauver, M, Maru, S, Lin, E & Lukacher, AE 2017, 'Reducing persistent polyomavirus infection increases functionality of virus-specific memory CD8 T cells', Virology, vol. 502, pp. 198-205.
Maru, S, Jin, G, Schell, TD & Lukacher, AE 2017, 'TCR stimulation strength is inversely associated with establishment of functional brain-resident memory CD8 T cells during persistent viral infection', PLoS pathogens, vol. 13, no. 4, e1006318.

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