Star Wars of the Body Besieged: A Review of Immunology and Immunodeficiency


Dr. Hill relates the major portions of the body's host defense system to the military's Star Wars that protects us from external and internal invaders. He describes the laboratory assays utilized to assess each portion of the immune and inflammatory system. Lastly, he shows individual patients he has seen over the past 40 years in his Clinical Immunology/Immunodeficiency Clinic at University of Utah which illustrate the various immune defects and the infections they suffer. He presents this in a manner so one can understand this complex system, know how to evaluate it and use in the clinical laboratory to help these seriously affected patients.

Originally published on May 8, 2018

Lecture Presenter

Harry R. Hill, MD

Harry R. Hill, MD

Medical Director, Cellular and Innate Immunology
ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Hill a professor of pathology and pediatrics, as well as an adjunct professor of internal medicine, at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine and completed a clinical residency and an immunology fellowship training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has published more than 270 peer-reviewed articles and has been included on the Best Doctors in America list since 1993. His current research interests include investigating the role of cytokines in inflammation and disease, including coronary artery disease, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and the molecular causes of primary immune deficiencies.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Review the major portions of the immune system and relate the components to "Star Wars" of the body.
  • Describe how patients with defects in different portions of host defense present clinically.
  • Describe the laboratory tests utilized in defining defects in the immune system.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories