Environmental Triggers

LRI researchers are making headway in connecting exposure to bacteria, viruses, sunlight, and other environmental triggers to the trigger and ongoing flares of lupus.

Keith Elkon, MD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Class of 2014

How does sunlight trigger lupus?
This LRI researcher has early evidence that ultraviolet light (UVB) stimulates the skin to produce a factor that recruits white blood cells.

Vicki Kelley, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Class of 2007

Are common germs triggering lupus?
This LRI researcher has a suspicion that they might be.

Marko A. Radic, PhD
University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Class of 2005

Could bacteria be the culprit in triggering lupus?
Looking into it:

Jochen Mattner, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH
Class of 2006

How about chronic viral infections?
It’s possible, according to this LRI researcher who is looking deeper into this.

Zhixin (Jason) Zhang, PhD
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
(previously at the University of Alabama in Birmingham)
Class of 2005

Daniel Stetson, PhD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Class of 2009

Gregg Silverman, MD
New York University, NY
Class of 2013