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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Cancer Immunotherapy Highlight of Penn's New Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics

Penn Medicine announced plans for the construction of the Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT) which will be the locus of of research using Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) technology. A CAR T cell therapy developed by IGG's Carl June, has been used to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)...More

David Artis Lab on the Cover of Science

Postdoctoral fellow Lisa Osborne, PhD, and senior author Dr. David Artis discuss their recently-published article in Science that demonstrated that mice already infected with parasitic helminths were worse at fighting viral infection...More

Henry Daniell's Research Featured on the Cover of Blood

IGG faculty member Dr. Henry Daniell's research is featured on the September 4th cover of Blood. Severe hemophilia patients are often treated with infusions of clotting factor. Using plant cells to teach the immune system to tolerate rather than attack the clotting factor protein, the authors of this article found a way to prevent the formation of the antibodies (against the clotting factor) that develop in some patients...More

Faculty Member Hao Shen Mentors Undergraduate Student

Dr. Hao Shen, Associate Professor of Microbiology, and his lab have been highlighted for their mentorship and training of undergraduate students...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.