Anthony T. Vella
Anthony T. Vella
Professor and Chair, Boehringer Ingelheim Chair in Immunology, Senior Associate Dean for Research Planning and Development, UConn School of Medicine
Elected to the Academy in 2021


State University College of New York at Buffalo, 1986, BA, Biology; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989, MS, Biology; Cornell University, 1993, PhD, Immunology.

Professional Area

Role of costimulation and adjuvants in T cell activation, effector differentiation and survival; T cell receptor independent activation of T cells by IL-1 cytokines in combination with common gamma chain cytokines; studies of T cells in acute lung injury and atherosclerosis in mouse models; use of proteomics for biomarker discovery.


Internationally recognized in the field of T cell immunobiology; pioneering work demonstrated that a specific combination of T cell costimulation induced anti-tumor responses and long-lasting immunity; Applied this principal of T cell costimulation to other fields including cardiovascular disease, acute lung injury and metabolism.