Immunology Program Web Site
The Immunology Graduate Program focuses on the central role played by the immune response in normal function and in disease. Immunology is a growing and exciting field of science, spanning work as diverse as basic research on the molecular regulation of differentiation to studies of malignancies and major infectious disease. Because of the diversity of conditions and systems affected by immunological processes, our trainees are well-equipped to approach an array of biomedical research problems when they complete our program.
The Immunology Program offers the MERGE-INF (Medically-oriented Research in Graduate Education-Inflammation) track. This program is specifically designed to provide strong training in inflammation and immunology with an in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and epidemiology of diseases with an inflammation-based pathogenesis. This program is unique, integrating clinical studies and patient contact throughout the training period. Please visit the web page describing this program for more information.
One theme within the Immunology Graduate Program is the genetic regulation of the ontogeny and activation of lymphocytes. These studies are helping to define the mechanisms of antigen-receptor gene rearrangement as well as the biology and molecular biology of negative selection (tolerance) of B and T cells, leukemia, activation signal pathways, gene expression and the biochemistry of apoptosis. Immunology faculty members are also engaged in studies of leukemia and the pathogenesis of Epstein-Barr virus infections, schistosomiasis, cryptosporidiosis and trypanosomiasis. The program maintains a long-standing interest in the study of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, Lyme arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.
The Immunology Program aims to provide a supportive environment that helps each student realize his or her fullest potential. Students are encouraged to work hard, be creative and have the confidence to be exploratory yet at the same time to understand that science flourishes in an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration.