Immunology Graduate Group
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.
David Allman, PhD
Paula Oliver, PhD
Scott Hensley Talks with Channel 6 ABC News About Influenza Research
López Lab Publishes Work on Immune Response to Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Faculty member Carolina López, PhD and members of her lab recently published their work on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in PLOS Pathogens. In this paper, Dr. López and her lab describe a subset of viral products that elicit a strong immune response against RSV in people who become infected...More
Graduate Drew Comrie Receives CHOP Research Award
Raj Lab's Work Explores Cell Size and DNA Content
T Cell Exhaustion and the PD-1 Protein Pathway
A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Medicine from John Wherry's Lab presents data showing that PD-1 may not be the cause of T cell exhaustion...More
Scott Lab Studies Immune Response to Leishmaniasis
IGG Faculty Awarded $7.5 Million for HIV Gene Therapy Research
Ellen De Obaldia Receives IGG Award for Outstanding Dissertation
Maria Elena (Ellen) De Obaldia this year's winner of the IGG Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Ellen completed her dissertation, "T-Lineage Specification and Commitment Requires Constraint of Myeloid Gene Expression Programs by HES1", under the supervision of Avinash Bhandoola; currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow in the Vosshall Laboratory at The Rockefeller University. She will be recognized at the Biomedical Graduate Studies Graduation and Hooding Ceremony on May 18.
David Allman Recognized for Teaching
CFAR Faculty Receive Award for HIV Research
Carl June, MD, Bruce Levine, PhD, and Pablo Teblas, MD were among those who received the 2015 Clinical Research Achievement Award by the Clinical Research Form for their work on gene editing of CCR5 in HIV patients...More
Metastatic Melanoma Patients Respond to New Combination of Immunotherapy Drugs