Immunology Graduate Group

ABOUT IGG

Recognizing the need to create an environment where researchers could be adequately trained in the multifaceted aspects of immunobiology, Penn became the first medical school to establish a separate degree-granting PhD program in Immunology. The faculty of the Immunology Graduate Group (IGG) are drawn from eight different units of the University of Pennsylvania, encompassing a broad spectrum of research interests: the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Medicine; the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; the School of Dental Medicine; the School of Veterinary Medicine; The Wistar Institute; and The Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute.

The IGG has also established a partnership with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The partnership brings to the IGG the extraordinary resources and scientific expertise present at the NIH, one of the largest and most renowned biomedical research centers in the world. Students have the opportunity to interact with NIH faculty in a variety of ways, including conducting a lab rotation or thesis work at the NIH. This cross-departmental and institutional organization fosters a unique collaborative environment that allows students to develop research projects combining the expertise of multiple faculty members.

At present, there are approximately 80 faculty members in Penn’s Immunology Graduate Group, encompassing a broad spectrum of research studies. Faculty research includes studies on the development and regulation of the immune system, host-pathogen interactions, the fundamental molecular and cellular biology of the immune system, structural studies of immunologically relevant molecules and translational immunology. Research results are being utilized in both experimental models and clinical trials attempting to fight diseases.

CONTACTS

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David Allman, PhD
Chair, Immunology Graduate Group
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
230 John Morgan Building
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 746 5547
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Mary Taylor
Coordinator, Immunology Graduate Group
357 Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 573 4394
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NEWS

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Caroline Bartman on the Effect of MIcrobiota on Transplantation

IGG student Caroline Bartman discusses "The influence of the microbiota on the immune response to transplantation" in Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation...More

Michael Povelones Work on Mosquito Immune System in the Journal of Innate Immunity

IGG faculty member, Michael Povelones, PhD, published his recent work on the mechanism by which the mosquito anticipates a parasite infection after feeding...More

Penn's Center for AIDS Research Featured in Penn Medicine 250th Anniversary

The Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is highlighted in the Penn Medicine News Blog in recognition of its pioneering research. IGG faculty Drs. Carl June and Luis Montaner are noted...More

Gretchan Harms Pritchard on the Role of T-bet in Coordinating T Cell Reponses to Toxplasma Gondii

IGG student Gretchan Harms Pritchard shared her work on the roles for the transcription factor T-bet in effector responses in the January 2nd edition of The Journal of Immunology...More

Henry Daniell Work With Bioengineered Lettuce Featured in Scientific American

Scienctific American featured Dr. Henry Daniell's work in a December 16 article about new research into blood clotting factors to address the problem of immune rejection...More

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Rotating cover images: (1) The parasite Leishmania major (promastigote stage; red) among alternatively activated (M2) macrophages (green) and resident peritoneal macrophages (blue). Courtesy of Tiffany Weinkopff and Phillip Scott, Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Cropped from original. (2) Goenka R, Matthews AH, Zhang B, O’Neill PJ, Scholz JL, Migone T, Leonard WJ, Stohl W, Hershberg U, Cancro MP. 2014. Local BLyS production by T follicular cells mediates retention of high affinity B cells during affinity maturation. The Journal of Experimental Medicine 211(1):45-56. Cropped from original. (3) Spleen of a mouse infected the chronic strain of LCMV (clone 13). Intravascular labeling was used to differentiate CD8+ T cells in the red pulp versus the white pulp of the spleen. Photo credit: Kristen Pauken and Jason Schenkel. Cropped from original. (4) Tiled 3D reconstruction of an E10.5 dorsal aorta immunostained for CD31 (red) CKit (blue) and Runx1 (green). Amanda Phillips and Nancy Speck.