The La Jolla Institute for Immunology is a non-profit medical research institute dedicated to increasing knowledge and improving human health through studies of the immune system. Our essential purpose is to expand our understanding of how the immune system works and to discover the causes of immune system disorders. The knowledge gained through our biomedical research can, in turn lead to the prevention, treatment and cure of a wide range of human diseases. Handpicked for their pioneering spirit, creativity and collaborative approach, twenty-four world leaders in immunology head independent laboratories that work on understanding different aspects of the immune system using the latest biomedical research tools and technologies. Often, they come together to share expertise while pursuing novel medical advances. Led by President and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Mitchell Kronenberg, the Institute is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to work in academia and research papers by LJI scientists are among the most cited in immunology.