Donna L. Farber, Ph.D.

Dr. Farber received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1990 and did postdoctoral training in immunology at Yale University School of Medicine and The Pasteur Institute.  She was previously on the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and joined the Faculty at Columbia University and the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology in 2010. She has recently been named as the Associate Director of the CCTI.



Donna Farber did her undergraduate training and received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Michigan, and then went on to pursue graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was in graduate school that she first started studying the immune system and her dissertation research was on the characterization of an Fc receptor gene family expressed by rat natural killer cells and macrophages. After graduating, Dr. Farber joined the laboratory of Dr. Kim Bottomly in 1991 in the Section of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine for postdoctoral training in T cell differentiation and T cell memory. Dr. Farber also spent one year (1993-4) as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Oreste Acuto at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France where she was supported by a European molecular biology (EMBO) fellowship to pursue studies in T cell signal transduction. Dr. Farber joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics in the University of Maryland, College Park in 1996, and in 2000, moved to the Department of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. In 2010, Dr. Farber joined the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology and is currently Professor of Surgical Sciences at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Farber conducts research in basic immunology including anti-pathogen immunity and transplantation immunology as it relates to T cell differentiation and homeostasis. Since joining the CCTI, she has also expanded her focus into the study of human immune responses in lymphoid and peripheral tissue sites. For more information on current research, please see research description and publications.