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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 participates in the MERGE-ID (Medically-oriented Research in Graduate Education) track.  This program is specifically designed to provide strong training in the basic microbiology and immunology of pathogenic organisms and host responses as well as in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious disease. This program is unique, integrating clinical studies and patient contact throughout the training period. Please visit the MERGE-ID web site 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. 

Upcoming Seminars

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Contact Information









Brigitte Huber, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Jaharis 512
Phone: 617-636-6836
Fax: 617-636-2990


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MERGE-ID is for PhD students who want to integrate clinical infectious disease problems into basic research on pathogenic mechansisms and host responses.

Application for 2016 Admission


The deadline for PhD programs is December 15, 2015.