Immunology is the study of the immune system that confers protection against infectious diseases. This complex system is also involved in the rejection of grafted tissues, in allergy, and in autoimmunity. The Department of Immunobiology is a multidisciplinary group of investigators committed to understanding the cellular, genetic, and molecular basis of these processes. The department is based on the understanding that the solution to complex biological problems requires the integration of individuals with a common goal but differing expertise. Research focuses on the molecular, cellular, and genetic underpinnings of immune system function and development, on host-pathogen interactions, and on a variety of autoimmune disorders. In addition to the growing need to apply basic science research toward human disease, we have developed a Human and Translational Immunology (HTI) section to improve our understanding and treatment of human immunological disorders. The general research interests of the Immunology track span almost all aspects of the immune system and its role in disease prevention.

Terminal Degrees Offered
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
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GRE is not accepted.

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TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic is required of most applicants whose native language is not English. BBS requires a score of at least 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer-based exam, and 100 on the internet-based exam. Please take the test no later than November and no earlier than 24 months prior to submitting your application. Use institution code 3987 when reporting your scores; you may enter any department code.

You may be exempt from this requirement if you have received (or will receive) an undergraduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, and if you have studied in residence at that institution for at least three years.

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Immunobiology participates in the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), and applicants interested in pursuing a degree in cell biology should apply to the Immunology Track within BBS.

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