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.

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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    Wednesday, May 08, 2024 | 1:00 pm

    “Elucidating Genome Topology Regulation of Antigen Receptor Diversification”

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    Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 2:00 pm

    “Asymmetric Cell Division as a Mechanism of Fate Induction in Genetically Engineered T Cells”