Research in this area concentrates on weakening the immune response to allow foreign organ and tisse transplants. Program members focus on the basic biology of immune cell nonreactivity (tolerance) to foreign organs and tissues as well as on the use of new immunomodulatory agents to promote transplant acceptance without endangering patients' abilities to resist infections.
After completing required courses, including Comprehensive Immunology, Immunology and Human Disease, Experimental Basis of Immunology, and Contemporary Topics in Immunology, students may choose from a wide range of course offerings in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, Retrovirology, Molecular Pathogenesis, and Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics. A weekly seminar series titled, "Immunology Research in Progress." and weekly journal clubs allow graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and guest speakers to present current research results.