Professor of Medicine and Immunology - University of Washington (UW)
Keith Elkon, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Immunology at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. Dr. Elkon trained in London, UK, New York and was appointed as Head, Division of Rheumatology, at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2001.
Dr. Elkon’s research objective is to better define the molecular basis for systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus (SLE). He has made a number of contributions to the identification of autoantibody specificities in SLE. Since 1994, Dr Elkon’s laboratory has focused on pathways of apoptosis and processing of apoptotic cells showing how defects in these pathways lead to immune responses to self. Current studies focus on how cell debris, particularly nucleic acids, lead to inflammation and type 1 interferon expression.