Overview

The Department of Immunology at Mayo Clinic, the oldest free-standing immunology department in the country, is the academic home for basic and translational scientists studying the immune system in health and disease. As scientists, the members of the department have a common understanding and a passion for advancing knowledge of fundamental mechanisms that cause and regulate inflammation and immune responsiveness.

The Department of Immunology studies a wide spectrum of diseases interrelated by the molecular, cellular and genetic regulatory mechanisms that dictate the immune responses associated with them. The department also nurtures a highly interactive approach to basic science that creates knowledge and fosters discovery of new treatments and diagnostic tests for patients with disease-specific problems, such as allergy, autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, cancer, infections and tissue transplant.

Research in the Department of Immunology is intertwined with the education and training of the next generation of researchers. Faculty members' laboratories serve as focal points for the training of graduate students seeking Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. degrees through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The department also mentors postdoctoral research fellows and clinical trainees conducting research and teach courses in Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Each summer, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship engages undergraduates in a variety of research experiences, including in the Department of Immunology.

The future of immunology is now. Mayo Clinic scientists and physicians are building collaborative teams as never before, making amazing discoveries about how the human immune system works and how to tap immunity to improve outcomes for patients.