Albert and Machine


Students in the Immunology Program complete required and elective didactic courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs that are designed to provide a strong knowledge base for their research and a deep understanding of Immunology. They also complete four research rotations.  Students typically select their research mentor at the end of May of the first year and begin dissertation research after successfully passing the qualifying examination in June.  Thereafter, emphasis is placed on dissertation research. When the aims of the research project have been achieved, students write and defend their dissertations.


A series of required courses that are specifically designed to provide a broad, yet deep knowledge of immunology are offered.  These courses are sequenced to provide students with the knowledge needed to attack a problem in related to any aspect of our discipline. Students also receive strong grounding in biochemistry and scientific ethics. Electives are also available.

Students in the Immunology MERGE-INF track also receive a strong background in immunology in addition to exposure to questions of medical relevance.

More information about courses can be found in the Sackler Catalog  download pdf

Seminar Courses

All Immunology students participate in seminars, journal clubs and research presentations. A special journal club is provided for first year students to help them acquire the skills needed to read and discuss the scientific literature.



The HNRCA is home to more than 50 researchers who explore links between nutrients, aging and health.

Hirsh Library


The Hirsh Library provides access to a wide-range of journals and welcoming study spaces.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development