Dalia writes:

Dear Immune Podcast,

I would really like to get that nice book and I really enjoy this podcast.

Chris writes:

Hello Immuners-

I am a PhD student at Indiana University (thanks for coming to record a live TWIV here)!

I have been listening to TWIX and that is probably what pushed me to go to graduate school! I study mass spectrometry (proteomics, ion mobility, protein PTMs (glycosylation)) under the direction of David Clemmer and share these podcasts with him! He shares my admiration for this sort of scientific media!

Thanks for creating a dialog and explaining the fascinating world of immunology!



Christopher J. Brown

Graduate Student, Clemmer Laboratory

Amanda writes:


My name is Amanda and I am a graduate student at VIDO Intervac in Saskatchewan Canada.

I am a first time writer, to get a shot at this excitingly informative book on myeloid cells, but I have been listening for about half a year at this point.

I have always been intrigued by the immune system and when I started listening to podcasts, Immune was my very first one. I’m still going through the backlog of episodes but am always learning something new and exciting through each one.

Keep up the good work, I’m really enjoying each one and am always waiting in anticipation for the next.

All the Best,


Anthony writes:

I’ve found the subject of Immunology to be an uphill battle.  “Jeepers” I thought. The only thing I know so far is that “B” stands for bone and “T” for thymus.  And now I find out that I even had that half wrong!

Thank you.

Mitch writes:

Hi Immuners,

I have been a long time listener and have been excited for Immune since it first aired! I feel as though writing in to flatter all of you is in bad taste which is why I haven’t done it before but I have spent many hours at the hood during my first few rotations listening and re-listening to Immune episodes (amongst other TWIX episodes). I look forward to future episodes and I wish you all the best!



Sam writes:


I am an immune listener and a PhD student at NIH/Cambridge university.

My work touches on some of the inflammatory signaling that we see in myeloid cells in certain syndromes (such as Myeloid Dysplastic Syndromes) so this book would be very useful resource for me to brush up on myeloid cells in general.

Thanks for all the work you put into the podcast.

Sam Katz

PhD Candidate, NIH-Cambridge Scholars Program

Signaling Systems Section,

Laboratory of Immune System Biology, DIR, NIAID

NIAID, National Institutes of Health, DHHS

Trudy writes:

Dear immunophiles,

As you can probably tell from the subject line of this email, I am writing in hopes of winning the book. Although I have had very good luck so far in amassing a collection of books through the other podcasts, my pickings are very slim in the immunology department. So long story short, I NEED this book!

However, I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued efforts with this podcast. I am a patent agent and the material discussed here is often so relevant to my work that I have listened to several of the episodes multiple times. In particular I’m referring to episodes 4, 7, and 14 about CAR T cells, the complement system, and checkpoint inhibitor therapy.

Thanks again for everything you do!


Aaditya writes:

Hello Immunophiles and Immunophobes(?),

I’m an Australian high school student, currently spending my southern hemisphere summer holidays in not Australia. Instead, I am basking in the cool, January sun of Kerala, India with my extended family.

I don’t have any knowledge of immunology, though I enjoy keeping a sense of smug pretension listening to your conversations, as if I’m one of those readers who send in corrections. But I’m not. Instead, your thoughts and ideas travel to the periphery of my cerebral horizons at this Best Western place, and they’re like “woah, there’s a Best Western here, it’s probably quite touristy.” No, it’s really not. It’s just another characterless cookie-cutter town surrounded by a gridlined streets with unoriginal names and christmas decorations EVEN THOUGH ITS JANUARY YOU MONSTER for miles to come. So most of those thoughts leave the same way they came.

On occasions of particularly joyous sentiment, I like googling the big words that you use and surrender my conscience to the euphoria that blooms around the base of that sacred, newfound knowledge. Now that’s a tourist attraction, and the thoughts LOVE IT! For a few minutes, they enjoy the festivities, hang around the city centre, mingle between themselves, take a few pictures but ultimately leave once the novelty wears off.

I cannot guarantee that this book containing such sacred, newfound knowledge would be of any use to me, though I assure you if I get the book that it’d be my bedtime reading for the next few weeks, maybe months if it has cool pictures and a compelling narrative. They’re the hallmarks of great academic literature.

Anyhow, I must make haste. I need to luxuriate in the evening sun before the moon bullies him away (very mean!) I must haste, before this week ends, and I return back home to begin yet another school year. The only solace is my playlist of Immune episodes.

Keep up the awesome work!


I totally regret writing that email (I thought I was being creative..) but I’d still hope to be in the running for that textbook! 🙂

Delbert writes:

Hi Immune-sters

First, it’s -3C here and cloudy at Thiel College in NW PA. Ton of snow on the ground!

Second, good work on the immune podcast. It is definitely an excellent addition to the TWIX series. I’m a long time listener of all of them. I listen to every episode of every show. As an immunoparasitologist myself, I’m biased to TWIP and IMMUNE. I make TWIP part of my parasitology course and will start making IMMUNE part of immunology course next time I teach it.

Third, I’d love the book!!

Kevin writes:

Hi immune team,

I just found this show after listening to TWiM, TWiV, and TWiEvo. It’s been great learning more about immunology through the show. Keep up the great work.

Candice writes:

Did I win?




Ph.D. Student | August Lab

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Cornell University

Amie writes:

Dear Professors Immune,

     First off I want to thank you for your efforts to further science communication. I would like to be entered in the drawing for the Myleloid cell book.

Autoimmunity runs in my family so I am very interested in all things immune. I also wanted to say that listening to the microbe podcasts has motivated me to go back to graduate school, I did an undergrad in microbiology.

Again thank you for all you do for science,


Suellen writes:

Hope I get lucky and win the book! Episode 16 was great, by the way — as are ALL Immune episodes!


Roswell, GA

where the weather this week has turned cold cold cold! 23 degrees F this morning, only about 35 now. Brrr

Erik writes:

Hi! I’d love to be entered for a chance to win the book! I can never pass up a crisp new textbook.

Michael writes:

This is one of my favorite Twix podcasts. I only wish it came out more often but I realize people have lives.

Mike in Oregon

Matt writes:

Hi Immunonauts,

I would like to throw my hat in the ring for the book contest if it isn’t over already.  I’m a technician at an HIV lab, and I think it’s probably past time to learn about macrophages and their kin, and this book would help.  

Thank you so much for your podcast, and for the This Week podcasts in general, they’ve been a big help as I have moved from more general microbiology to virology, and you can’t really learn about viruses without learning about the immune system as well.

Sophia writes:


immunodecipherers and greetings from Greece. First I”d like to say that the female hosts in this show have such beautiful and warm voices and make it so exciting to learn about immunology. Honestly, I’ve always avoided immunology because it’s so complicated and I never get what happens in the end but you guys have made me feel better about this subject and you have so much excitement talking about it that I got hooked!

so, down to business. Congratulations to Steph and all the best.

Also, if I win this book (very small chance) I would like to donate it to Cyndy since she so wanted to read it. Then, after she reads it, she can tell us all about it and I will understand more this way.

Finally, another listener was looking for books for lay people that explain immunology. Ok, so there is a quite old book out there which might be considered outdated (or a classic, depends how you see it) but I love the author and would like to recommend it. It’s called “the thorn in the starfish” by Robert Desowitz

ok I wish you a great year of podcasts. please keep it simple. I wouldn’t mind if you didn’t do any papers and just talk about a subject and ask each other questions as you do (just a suggestion)

Again, thanks for doing this!

Sophia, Greece, current temp at 6 degrees C