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.
At present, there are approximately 120 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.
NIH-University of Pennsylvania Advanced Scholars in Immunology Graduate Program and the NIH Track
The IGG has also established a partnership with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The NIH Track is designed for University of Pennsylvania immunology graduate students committed to conducting their thesis work at the NIH. The training plan includes a pre-matriculation rotation at the NIH through the Summer Internship Program after which students will join the IGG program at the University of Pennsylvania in mid-August, where they will engage in coursework and lab rotations from September to May of the first year. In the subsequent summer, NIH Track students must complete their third rotation at the NIH and are expected to conduct their pre-dissertation and thesis research at the NIH after successfully passing their candidacy exam at the University of Pennsylvania. To be eligible for the NIH Track, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Information on the NIH-Track admission process and requirements can be found here.
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IGG Open House
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 | 7:00 pm
We are excited to share that we will be hosting an IGG Open House for prospective students on Wednesday 11/9 and Thursday 11/10 at 7PM ET!
PhD student Claudia Arevalo and the Hensley Lab in a new PNAS paper: "Original antigenic sin priming of influenza virus hemagglutinin stalk antibodies" | Jul 07
Their work shows that heterosubtypic influenza virus infections recall HA stalk antibody responses first established by childhood influenza virus infections.
Student Jennifer Wu and the Wherry, Betts, Hensley, and Cherry Labs present results from deep immune profiling of COVID-19 patients | Jul 16
Penn Medicine researchers studying immune responses of 125 hospitalized #COVID19 patients identified three distinct “Immunotypes,” work that could inform which therapeutic interventions may be most useful in specific patients.