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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 committees.

*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 immunity.

Hector Leo Aguila* Associate Professor of Immunology. Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Hematopoiesis and bone marrow microenvironment; lymphoid cell development; stem cell biology.

Linda Cauley,** Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Oxford University, England. T-cell memory and respiratory virus infections.

Robert B. Clark, Professor of Immunology, M.D., Stanford, 1975. Autoimmunity; immune regulation; regulatory T cells.

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; developmental immunology.

Justin D. Radolf, Professor of Medicine and Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, M.D., University of California-San Francisco. Molecular pathogenesis and immunobiology of spirochetal infections.

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 and cytokines.

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.

rev. 12/15

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