Welcome to the Gene Therapy and Vaccines program!

The Gene Therapy and Vaccines Program focuses on the use of animal and human gene transfer for therapeutic purposes and for vaccination. The mission of the graduate program is to produce exceptional investigators who will become outstanding researchers in the field.

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GTV Overview

Students in the program acquire a broad background in molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, immunology and virology. Program faculty conduct research in basic cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, molecular physiology, virology and immunology. While the goals of the research are disease-based with the objective of developing prophylactic and therapeutic applications, student training focuses on a basic understanding of disease pathobiology and achieving efficient and effective gene transfer in humans. Students contribute to research of cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disease, inherited blindness, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and immunologic and infectious diseases. Study of vaccines for prophylactic, as well as therapeutic applications are emphasized. Specific focus is provided through a survey course in gene therapy and vaccines and through advanced seminars in specific areas of gene therapy and/or vaccine research.

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Trainee Seminar

The program runs a bi-weekly trainee seminar where graduate students present their rotation experiences and dissertation research. The 2021-22 speaker schedule coming soon. 

 

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GTV Committees

Dr. Lindsey George
Dr. Saar Gill
Dr. Jos Melenhorst
Dr. Avery Posey
Dr. Marco Ruella
 

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Dr. Bruce Freedman, Program Chair
Dr. Denise Sabatino, Vice Program Chair

To help first and second year students navigate the program, the following faculty are also available to advise.

For inquiries about Gene Transfer: Beverly Davidson, Stefano Rivella, Denise Sabatino
For inquireies about CART: Marco Ruella
For inquiries about Immunology-Harnessing the immune system: Michael Milone
For inquiries about Immunology-Vaccines: Norbert Pardi, David Weiner
For inquiries about Cell Therapies: Frederick (Chris) Bennett

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Dr. Bruce Freedman,  Program Chair
Dr. Denise Sabatino,  Vice Program Chair
Erin Reagan,  GTV Student Representative to CAMB Curriculum Committee

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Dr. Bruce Freedman, Program Chair
Dr. Denise Sabatino, Vice Program Chair
Dr. Beverly Davidson
Dr. Saar Gill
Dr. David Weiner

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GTV Student Leaders

Kelly Fagan, GTV Student Rep At-large
Joangela Nouel, GTV 4th year + Student Rep
Catie Hopkins, GTV 3rd year Student Rep
Jillian Eisenhauer, GTV 2nd year Student Rep
TBD, GTV 1st year Student Rep

1st-year Peer Mentoring Program

This program is led by GTV students Vi Pham and Jennifer Hoffmann and currently consists of:

  • 1:1 mentor - mentee matching
  • Peer mentoring meet-ups to facilitate the peer-mentee relationship
  • Facilitating Rotation Talks within the GTV Trainee Seminar Series

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