Phagocyte Biology Laboratory

Dr. Bryan Heit, Western University

About Us

Welcome! You have reached the homepage of the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Heit. Our lab is part of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University, and we are members of the Center for Human Immunology, the lead centre for the CIHR Human Immunology Network.

Our interests surround the function of phagocytes – white blood cells which ingest (phagocytose) pathogens, particles, and dead cells. We focus on the cellular and molecular processes which control the function of these cells during the maintenance of homeostasis, during infection and during chronic inflammatory disease. Central to most of our studies is the study of efferoctyosis – the phagocytic removal of apoptotic (dying) cells, and how failures in this process lead to inflammation, autoimmunity and infection.

Lab News

2014 RGE Murray Lecturer

Next week the department of Microbiology & Immunology is hosting our 2014 REG Murray Lecturer, Dr. Stephen Goff of Columbia University.

Goff - poster

RGE Murray 2013 Lecure

Next week the department of Microbiology & Immunology is hosting our 2013 REG Murray Lecturer, Dr. Patrick Keeling.


We Want You!

The Heit lab will have openings for one or two new Graduate Students to start in April 2014 or September 2014.  Applicants with a background in cell biology, biochemistry or immunology are preferred.  Prior research experience is strongly recommended.

Applicants must:

1) Apply first to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Only applications from students who meet departmental entrance requirements will be considered.

2) E-mail Dr. Heit with a CV, full undergraduate transcripts and contact information for 2 references.


At the Gairdner Awards


Dr. Heit & Dr. Kerfoot at the Gairdner Award Gala Dinner, a celebration of some of the worlds best biomedical scientists.

October 24th, 2013


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Upcoming Events

September 8, 2014
Fall Semester Begins

September 11, 2014
RGE Murray Seminar Series Presents: Dr. Hon Leong (Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Western U) Cross-Appointment Seminar.

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