The Justin Perry Lab

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The human body is estimated to remove 1 percent of its body mass, likely more than 200 billion cells, every day. To achieve this, we rely on a highly evolutionarily conserved process: apoptotic cell clearance or efferocytosis. The long-term goal of our lab is to understand how phagocytes handle the immense burden of ingestion and digestion of apoptotic corpses — a process essential for normal development and tissue homeostasis, but also cancer development and progression. We hope to use the information gained through basic studies of efferocytosis to design novel therapeutics.

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Justin Perry

Justin Perry, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Focus

Immunologist Justin Perry investigates homeostatic apoptotic cell clearance and how this process is exploited during cancer development and progression.


PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Selected Achievements
  • NIH/NCI Pathway to Independence Award K99/R00 (2019)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund – PDEP Award (2018)
  • Cancer Research Institute – Mark Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2018)
  • HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow Finalist (2017)