Immunology Graduate Group
Welcome to Immunology
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; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; The Dental School; the School of Veterinary Medicine; the Wistar Institute; and the Institute for Cancer Research.
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.
Avinash Bhandoola, MBBS, PhD
Chair, Immunology Graduate Group
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PENN IMMUNOLOGY NEWS
Shaun O’Brien Awarded AAI Public Policy Fellowship
Immunology PhD graduate Shaun O’Brien has been awarded a 2014-2015 American Association of Immunologists Public Policy Fellowship. The fellowship supports postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists participating in the public policy and legislative activities of AAI.
Shaun completed his thesis, “The Role of Ikaros in CD8+ in T Cell Biology”, in Fall 2013 in the lab of Dr. Andrew Wells and is now a cancer immunology post-doc in the lab of Dr. Steve Albelda. Shaun will be actively exploring the implications of his thesis work in the context of CAR therapy and cancer immunology. Shaun is also a co-founder of Penn’s Science Policy group, and has recruited Penn graduate students to participate in Hill Days and given tours of Penn science labs to our PA Congress members.
More information about the Public Policy Fellows Program is available on AAI’s website.
Sean Spencer Examines an Immune Response to Malnutrition
Immunology graduate Sean Spencer discusses the adaptation of innate lymphoid cells to a micronutrient deficiency in the January 24, 2014 issue of Science. The article emerged from his thesis, "Regulation of Intestinal Innate Immunity by Dietary Vitamin A" which he completed with Dr. Yasmine Belkaid. Sean is currently finishing his dual MD/PhD and will graduate in 2015.
Image: Tiled 3D reconstruction of an E10.5 dorsal aorta immunostained for CD31 (red) CKit (blue) and Runx1 (green). Amanda Phillips and Nancy Speck.