Interdisciplinary Training Program in Immunology (T32 AI07090)

Program DirectorsAlbert Bendelac and Peter Savage

Administrator: Lisa Abston-Leftridge
Phone: 4-3899
Fax: 2-6864

Openings: 8 Predoctoral, 0 Postdoctoral

This interdisciplinary program trains individuals to become creative, independent research scientists in Immunology. A Ph.D. specializing in immunology is offered by the Committee on Immunology. A number of core courses offered in immunobiology stress the development of critical thinking skills and an understanding of current experimental approaches. In addition to formal coursework, discussion and research, trainees present their research in bi-weekly seminars and the annual committee on immunology retreat. Ph.D. students in their first two years of training are also encouraged to take advanced courses in molecular genetics, cell biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. Participation in journal clubs and research seminars is required to develop skills important in communicating ideas and research to other scientists. Progress of the students in the first two years is monitored by the program director and by the chairman of the immunology curriculum committee, and in the later years by the graduate student adviser and the student’s thesis committee. The overall goal of the program is to develop the knowledge, ability, and desire to solve the most critical questions in the field of immunobiology.

Training Faculty:

  • Bendelac, Albert: Innate Lymphocytes
  • Adams, Erin: Structure and Biochemistry of Proteins Involved in Immunological Recognition
  • Alegre, Maria-Luisa: Mechanisms of T Cell Inhibition in Vitro and of T Cell Tolerance in Vivo
  • Alverdy, John: Inflammation, Metabolism and Intestinal Microbiota
  • Chang, Eugene: Mechanisms of Mucosal Cytoprotection to Inflammation and Immune-Associated Injury.
  • Chervonsky, Alexander: Pathogenesis of Autoimmune Diseases
  • Chong, Anita: Transplant Immunology
  • Clark, Marcus: Molecular Mechanisms by Which B Cell Antigen Receptors Couple to/activate Tyrosine Kinases
  • Dinner, Aaron: Modeling Development and Function of the Immune System
  • DiRienzo, Anna: Human Evolution. Genetic Basis of Common Disease
  • Gajewski, Thomas: Regulation of T-cell Activation, TCell Signaling, Tumor Immunology, Immunotherapy of Melanoma
  • Gilad, Yoav: Inter-primate Genomic Comparisons. Genetic Architecture of Human-Specific Traits
  • Golovkina, Tatyana: Retrovirus-Host Interactions
  • He, Chuan: Epigenetics, Chemical Biology of Lymphocytes
  • Huang, Haochu: Roles of Autoreactive B Cells and the Regulation of B Cell Tolerance in Autoimmune Diseases
  • Hubbell, Jeffrey: Molecular and Materials Engineering Approaches to Immunotherapy
  • Hwang, Seungmin: Autophagy Proteins in IFNγ‐Mediated Host Defense
  • Jabri, Bana: Regulation of Effector T Cells in Tissues. Celiac disease
  • Kee, Barbara: Transcriptional Regulation of Hematopoietic Development
  • Kline, Justin: Immune Resistance of Tumors, and Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Macleod, Kay: Cell Cycle and Differentiation During Mouse Hematopoiesis
  • McLeod, Rima: Immunobiology of Toxoplasmosis
  • Nagler, Cathryn: Gut Mucosal Allergy and Inflammation
  • Randall, Glenn: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)-Host Interactions
  • Savage, Peter: Regulatory T Cells in Cancer
  • Schneewind, Olaf: Mechanisms and Strategies Whereby Pathogenic Bacteria Cause Human Disease.
  • Schreiber, Hans: Tumor Immunology; Characterization of Tumor Variants; Molecular Genetics of Tumor Antigens
  • Sperling, Anne: Allergic Airway Inflammation
  • Swartz, Melody: Transport Functions of Lymphatic Vessels and Adaptive Immunity
  • Wilson, Patrick: B Cells in Immunity and Autoimmunity
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