Mitchell Kronenberg received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1983, where he continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr Leroy Hood. Dr. Kronenberg served on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 1986-1997. He moved to the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology in 1997, and was appointed President in 2003. He is responsible for the leadership and overall administration of the Institute, which has grown to 22 faculty and more than 350 employees since its establishment in 1988. He also is currently an Adjunct Professor of Biology at UC San Diego, and he enjoys teaching and mentoring graduate students.
Dr. Kronenberg has co-authored approximately 270 publications and his awards include
an NIH Merit Award; Kroc Distinguished Professor in Medicine and Immunology at UC Davis, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Visiting Professor at Harvard University., and numerous named or distinguished lectureships He is an Institute for Scientific Information “Highly Cited Scientist” and he has also chaired several international meetings, such as the Gordon Conference of Immunobiology and Immunochemistry and a Keystone Symposium, and he participated as a member of the Japan-U.S. Cooperative Medical Board for Immunology. Dr. Kronenberg currently serves as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Immunology, and was elected to the Council of the American Association of Immunologists.
Dr. Kronenberg’s research interests include antigen recognition by T lymphocytes, mucosal immunology, and inflammatory and autoimmune disease models. Much of his recent efforts have concentrated on Natural Killer T (NKT) cells, a unique T lymphocyte subpopulation that combines features of innate and adaptive immunity in responding to bacterial glycolipids.
Mitchell is married to Dr. Hilde Cheroutre, who is also a Member of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology faculty. They live in Del Mar and have three sons, one a graduate of UCLA and two others attending Universities.