About CIL

For over 21 years, the UCSF/CFAR Core Immunology Lab (CIL) has been dedicated to providing immunology assays, expert consultation, and education to the UCSF and global research community in a not-for-profit setting. CIL specializes in developing immunology research tools, and initiating, stimulating and supporting innovative research projects to address emerging questions in immunologic diseases.


CIL is housed in the Division of Experimental Medicine, based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Founded in 2006, the division is a research-only division that is focused on understanding the human immune system so that life-saving therapies and vaccines can be developed to protect against chronic infectious diseases of global importance. Another focus of CIL is to establish a training environment that fosters patient-oriented research in the US and abroad. As part of the division, CIL provides immunology assays, expert consultation, and education to UCSF and the global research community. 


Specific Aims

Service — to provide state-of-the-art immunophenotyping and functional assays in support of innovative translational studies to improve the understanding of HIV/AIDS and other immunological diseases.


Education — to train and mentor staff, students, fellows, and junior investigators in immunology research, to stimulate inclusion of immunology research in new studies through consultations and educational initiatives that inform the community of recent advances in immunology, and to help community members to understand and interpret research findings.


Research — to develop, optimize, validate, and apply innovative or specialized immunology assays which accelerate research in the prevention, treatment, and monitoring of immunological disease.


For study inquiries, please email us at [email protected].



If you use any Core Immunology services in research that is published in any format or used in grant applications, we would appreciate being acknowledged. The Core Immunology Lab is partially supported by the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and University of San Francisco (UCSF). A suggested acknowledgment is:

"Sample processing/cell sorting/flow cytometry technologies were provided by the Core Immunology Lab at DEM, CFAR/UCSF"