SNI Council Members

The SNI Council is the guiding force behind the Society for Natural Immunity, steering its direction and upholding its mission. Comprising a dedicated group of experts, the council shapes the society’s strategic initiatives, ensures the continuity of its vision, and champions the advancement of Natural Killer cells and natural immunity research.

Each council member brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion, ensuring SNI remains at the forefront of scientific exploration and collaboration. Here, we introduce the esteemed individuals who form this pivotal body, driving the society’s endeavours and safeguarding its legacy.


Todd A. Fehniger, MD/PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine
Division of Oncology/Section of Stem Cell Biology
Campus Box 8007
660 South Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110-1010

President elect
(future president):

Mariapia Degli-Eposti, PhD

Professor of Microbiology

Infection and Immunity Program and Department of Microbiology
Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria

Past presidents:

  • Adelheid Cerwenka (2018 – 2022)

    Professor of Immunobiochemistry

    Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Mannheim
    Ludolf-Krehl-Strasse 13 – 17
    D-68167 Mannheim

    Charting the course for the most recent advancements in the field and leading SNI into a new era of research and collaboration.

  • Michael Caligiuri (2015 – 2018) Under his leadership, SNI embraced innovative approaches and expanded its global reach.

  • Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren (2012 – 2015) His tenure was marked by strengthening collaborative efforts and fostering young talents.

  • Wayne Yokoyama (2008 – 2012) Championed in-depth research initiatives and broadened SNI’s scientific horizons.

  • Miguel Lopez-Botet (2005 – 2008) His leadership period witnessed pivotal discoveries and increased global collaborations.

  • William Seaman (2002 – 2005) Oversaw a period of growth, ensuring that SNI remained at the forefront of natural immunity research.

  • Angela Santoni (1998 – 2002) Steered SNI through a transformative period, laying the groundwork for future innovations.

  • Ron Herberman As the first president, he set the foundation and vision for the Society for Natural Immunity.