Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee is a leading researcher in the field of chronic inflammation, with a focus on asthma and arthritis. Her research explores the immune functions of host defense peptides, and aims to develop peptide-based immunomodulatory therapeutics. As the current Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in Sex and Gender Science in Respiratory Health, she also integrates the fundamentals of sex- and gender-based analyses in her work. Dr. Mookherjee’s research program at the University of Manitoba is at the forefront of understanding how environmental exposures such as air pollution impact chronic disease and how synthetic innate defense regulator (IDR) peptides and other small molecules can be used to regulate inflammatory arthritis.Her research program provides access to expertise in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics, which is perfectly suited to provide a strong foundation of knowledge for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral training. Her trainees are also integrated within the department of immunology, and the Biology of Breathing Research Group in CHRIM. These diverse research environments allow her trainees to directly interact with highly skilled personnel at different stages of their careers in both basic and clinical science.