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IGG Student Michael Cho Receives NIH Fellowship

IGG student Michael Cho is a recipient of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship.

Michael is a third-year student working on his thesis with Dr. Aimee Payne. Michael’s thesis work aims to understand the developmental events that lead to autoimmunity, specifically within the context of pemphigus vulgaris, a potentially fatal autoimmune disease of the skin characterized by antibodies directed to the skin protein desmoglein 3.

The Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship enables promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

IGG Student Caroline Bartment Receives Prestigious NSF Fellowship

IGG is delighted to congratulate first-year student Caroline Bartman who has received a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Caroline has rotated in the labs of Drs. Yasmine Belkaid and John Wherry, and she is currently working with Dr. Sara Cherry. Caroline received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Chicago.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Sunny Shin for her work in guiding students through the fellowship application process.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Penn Immunology Program Ranks High in U.S. News List

The Immunology Graduate Group is #6 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools. According to U.S. News, Penn is one of "the best science schools for immunology/infectious disease." See the U.S. News & World Report website for a list of programs.

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.


Institute for Immunology

The Penn Institute for Immunology (IFI) is a Type-2 multidisciplinary center administered by the School of Medicine that serves as an institution-wide locus for faculty members and trainees with clinical and scientific interests in immunologically relevant areas.

The IFI seeks to galvanize new interactions among our members and to synergize with the other institutes, centers, and departments on campus. Penn's scientific pre-eminence, world-class clinical operation, and cooperative spirit allows us to actualize the promises of bench-to-bedside investigation, diagnosis and therapy of infectious and immune-mediated diseases that have been enabled by modern science.

For more information on how to become a member, please visit the IFI website.



Birth of blood. Single Z slice through the umbilical artery of an E10.5 mouse. Hematopoietic cluster cells expressing CD31(blue), Runx1 (red), Ckit (grey) and CD45 (green) can be seen within the lumen of the artery. Amanda Phillips and Nancy Speck.