Immunology Graduate Program
The goal of the Immunology and Inflammation program is to train students to be independent scientists with a strong foundation in the scientific method and detailed knowledge and understanding of molecular immunology. The program faculty are drawn from across the NYU Medical Center and downtown campuses and share a common interest in solving critical problems in basic, translational and clinical immunology. The study of the immune system is interdisciplinary and approaches range from biochemistry to molecular genetics and microscopy to systems biology. In addition to faculty with interests in fundamental mechanisms of immunology, many investigators focus on diseases in which immunity and inflammation play important roles, including inflammatory bowel disease, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, staphylococcal infections, tuberculosis, HIV, parasitic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, asthma, and rheumatic diseases. An additional growing focus is on the bidirectional interactions between the microbiome and immunity and inflammation. As students integrate coursework, seminars, and research experience, they gain the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence required to launch their careers. The training program website is found here.
The Department’s Program in Immunology has a long and illustrious history, dating back to the momentous discoveries of Michael Heidelberger. Heidelberger, who is often regarded as the "father" of modern immunology by demonstrating that antibodies are proteins, joined the NYU Department of Pathology in 1964 and continued to work here until his death in 1991. His colleagues in immunology ranged from Zoltan Ovary, who elucidated the role of IgE in anaphylaxis, to Baruj Benacerraf, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on immune response genes and transplantation. Today, researchers in our Immunology Program cover virtually every aspect of modern immunology, from the molecular to the organismal levels.