Overview

The Immunology track of the Ph.D. Program in Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences trains scientists who aspire to become independent investigators heading their own research programs as well as to train the next generation of leaders in biomedical science, with expertise in immunology.

Students in the Immunology Ph.D. track benefit from a highly interactive, productive research environment that offers the opportunity to learn from dedicated mentors, including 26 faculty members with primary interests in immunology.

There is a strong esprit de corps among immunology students, faculty and staff that drives discoveries in immunology through basic and translational research in five areas:

  • Mechanisms of immunity and inflammation (genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry in model systems)
  • Immune-mediated disease (hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, inflammation)
  • Vaccines and immune-based therapies (cancer immunotherapy, allergy, infectious disease, autoimmunity, tolerance)
  • Regenerative immunity (immune reconstitution, transplant tolerance, immune-mediated regeneration)
  • Patient-oriented research (patient studies, therapeutic trials)

The teaching style (emphasizing student presentations) of the Immunology Ph.D. track imparts outstanding public speaking skills and the ability to organize information for oral presentation. Consequently, students have been recognized for their ability to teach and have been recruited by premier colleges and universities emphasizing undergraduate education.

Learning to be an investigator in an intensely translational and clinical environment also provides students with a bent toward translational science. As a result, many graduates of the Immunology Ph.D. track hold faculty appointments in basic and clinical departments of major medical institutions. More than 95 percent of our graduates are engaged in biomedical science careers.

Feb. 14, 2017