Gregory Beck is a prominent immunologist and molecular biologist with a passion for studying the evolutionary history of the immune system. With a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Stony Brook University, he has a vast experience in various research and academic organizations. Currently, Beck is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, where he leads his laboratory's investigations into the defense mechanisms employed by invertebrates to deal with threats to their survival. His long-term goal is to unravel the ancient defense systems in lower animals to understand better the human immune system's complexities.
Beck's expertise in immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, comparative immunology, and ecological immunology has contributed significantly to his research that aims to identify common mechanisms and novel strategies in vertebrates' immune response. He believes that studying host defense mechanisms in lower animals will shed light on how the vertebrate body deals with similar threats to survival and implicate understanding the evolution of the immune system.