Immunology Graduate Program
The Immunology Graduate Program has 21 faculty members whose
interests span the cellular, molecular and clinical aspects of
immunology. The faculty participates in the Program in one or
more of the following: (i) provides a laboratory for research
work in the graduate thesis and/or laboratory rotation, (ii)
teaching in didactic coursework, (iii) provide guidance,
assistance and/or advice in student seminars and/or advisory
*Program Director; **Associate Director
Adam J. Adler, Professor of Immunology, B.S.,
McGill University, Ph.D., Columbia University. Our lab studies
mechanisms of T cell tolerization to peripheral self-antigens,
as well as the relationship between tolerance and tumor
Hector Leo Aguila* Associate Professor of Immunology.
Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Hematopoiesis and
bone marrow microenvironment; lymphoid cell development; stem
Linda Cauley,** Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D.,
Oxford University, England. T-cell memory and respiratory virus
Robert B. Clark, Professor of Immunology, M.D.,
Stanford, 1975. Autoimmunity; immune regulation; regulatory T
Laura Haynes, Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., University of
Rochester School of Medicine. How aging influences immune
responses, especially to infectious diseases such as influenza
and bacterial pneumonia. Mechanisms involved in specific
age-related changes in the immune system and how these changes
influence the generation of protective immunity following
infection or vaccination.
Kamal Khanna, Assistant Professor of Immunology,
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Identifying the
factors and the role they play in controlling the anatomy of a
primary and secondary immune response in the hopes of
explicating the underlying mechanisms that guide the complex
movement of T cells during infection and recall responses in
lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues.
Joseph Lorenzo, Professor of Medicine, B.S., Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, M.D., State University of New York,
Downstate Medical Center. Relationships between bone-resorbing
osteoblasts and immune cells.
Andrei Medvedev, Associate Professor of Immunology, Ph.D.,
Gabrichevsky Epidemiol & Microbiol Institute. How distorted
control of TLR signaling underlies immune pathologies.
Lynn Puddington, Associate Professor of Immunology and
Medicine, B.S., Iowa State University, Ph.D., Wake Forest
University. Allergic asthma; neonatal immunity and tolerance;
Justin D. Radolf, Professor of Medicine and Center for
Microbial Pathogenesis, M.D., University of California-San
Francisco. Molecular pathogenesis and immunobiology of
Vijay Rathinam, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D.,
Michigan State University. Understand the immunologic
basis of infectious and inflammatory diseases.
Juan C. Salazar, Professor of Pediatrics, M.D.,
Universidad Javeriana. Analysis of the immunologic interactions
between syphilis and HIV and the pathogenesis of spirochetal
diseases including Lyme disease.
Pramod K. Srivastava, Professor of Medicine, Ph.D., Center
for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India. Heat shock
proteins as peptide chaperones, roles in antigen presentation
and applications in immunotherapy of cancer, infectious diseases
and autoimmune disorders.
Anthony T. Vella, Professor of Immunology, Ph.D.,
Cornell University. T-cell immunity; costimulation; adjuvants
Kepeng Wang, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology, Understanding the
role of IL-17 in the development, immune regulation, and
treatment of colorectal cancer.
Richard A. Zeff, Professor of Immunology, A.B., Temple
University; Ph.D., Rush University. Major histocompatibility
complex; antigen processing and presentation.