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La Jolla Institute for Immunology celebrates new president

Jenny Siegwart/Courtesy of La Jolla Institute for Immunology
Jenny Siegwart/Courtesy of La Jolla Institute for Immunology

(Jamie LU)

The La Jolla Institute for Immunology hosted a celebration honoring Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., as the institute’s new president and chief executive.

The Sept. 9 reception took place outdoors on the Arroyo Terrace Lawn at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Saphire, a Solana Beach resident, has dedicated her career to facing health threats such as the Ebola virus and COVID-19.

“This, right now, is a time of incredible urgency, incredible opportunity and acceleration of discovery,” Saphire said in her address. “This is a time to understand and harness immunology and the immune system.”

Saphire is LJI’s fifth president. She succeeds Mitchell Kronenberg, who led the organization for 18 years.


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