Jennifer is a senior fellow at the National Research Center for Women & Families, working on topics pertaining to the connection between immunity, inflammation, and disease. She is particularly interested in the responsible use of antibiotics and how overuse can have a negative impact on health. Prior to joining NRC, Dr. Yttri worked with the Washington University’s Young Scientist Program, developing programs to improve the science literacy of underprivileged students and their families. She directed a symposium for YSP’s 20th anniversary to connect scientists, educators, and national leaders to identify new ways for outreach programs to enhance science learning in the classroom. In 2010, the Young Scientist Program received the Science Educator award from the St. Louis Academy of Science for these efforts.

Dr. Yttri received her BS in biology from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in immunology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focused on how the adaptive immune system distinguishes between foreign and self proteins, a process central to the balance between protection from infection and the generation of autoimmune disease such as arthritis. She can be reached at

Recent Posts by Jennifer Yttri

Antibiotics: When Science And Wishful Thinking Collide

Antibiotic resistance is a major concern confronting our health care system, and there is tremendous pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “do something” about it. Unfortunately, the FDA is responding by approving drugs that are likely to do more harm than good. FDA advisory...