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 Sciencesthe School of Medicinethe Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphiathe School of Dental Medicinethe School of Veterinary MedicineThe 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 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.


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  • Doctoral Training in Immunology (IGG) at Penn: Harnessing Research Insights of the Immune System for Innovative Advances in Human Medicine
    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 7:00 pm

    Dates for this event: Tuesday, November 10thand Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm ET.

    The Immunology Graduate Group (IGG) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite you to a virtual open house for prospective PhD applicants. This will be a two-night event where, for the first night, the applicants will receive a short overview of IGG, offered by faculty involved in leadership positions in the program. At the end, they will hear about research and extracurricular activities being done by current students.

    For the second night, there will be a panel offered by current IGG students to talk about their perspectives of the PhD program and other important topics, such as resources at Penn and life as a PhD student. At the end, we will host student breakout rooms to workshop applications and statements for graduate school. These workshops will be moderated by students that have written successful fellowships applications.

    We are also excited to present, as part of the Open House, the IGG Mentorship Initiative Preview, where current IGG students will serve as mentors for applicants who participate on night 2 and sign up for a 1-in-1 consulting session(s) to look over their application materials.

    REGISTRATION LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y6ejkzfc

  • Doctoral Training in Immunology (IGG) at Penn: Harnessing Research Insights of the Immune System for Innovative Advances in Human Medicine Pt. 2
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 7:00 pm

    Dates for this event: Tuesday, November 10thand Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm ET.


    For the second night, there will be a panel offered by current IGG students to talk about their perspectives of the PhD program and other important topics, such as resources at Penn and life as a PhD student. At the end, we will host student breakout rooms to workshop applications and statements for graduate school. These workshops will be moderated by students that have written successful fellowships applications.

    We are also excited to present, as part of the Open House, the IGG Mentorship Initiative Preview, where current IGG students will serve as mentors for applicants who participate on night 2 and sign up for a 1-in-1 consulting session(s) to look over their application materials.

    REGISTRATION LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y6ejkzfc


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