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Immunology Graduate Program: Overview

Principles of immunology have been applied to create numerous preventative and curative therapeutics for many types of human disease. The Immunology Graduate Program, offered by The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), is designed to provide high-quality, comprehensive education and research training in the exciting field of immunology, allowing graduates to successfully pursue careers as independent investigators in academia or industry.

We currently have 48 faculty members from both MD Anderson and The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston representing 20 departments. Collectively, research conducted by our faculty reflects the complexity and diversity of the immune system. Main areas of faculty research include cancer immunology, infectious diseases, and inflammation with special interests in innate responses, adaptive responses, immune regulation, development of prophylactic vaccines, and development of vaccines or immunotherapy for a form of cancer, allergy or autoimmunity. Faculty members are committed to fostering a highly interactive and supportive environment that enables students to complete our rigorous curriculum and receive advanced training in basic and translational immunology research.  

We invite you to view our 2013 Immunology Program Brochure as well as our recent  Immunology Newsletter (Fall 2103) to learn more about our research interests, faculty, and students.

Student research projects are challenging and very rewarding; many of our students have earned local and national recognition through awards and fellowships. Over the past 20 years, our program has been the recipient of a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant award, which supports the most competitive graduate programs in the nation.

The "Highlights" section below showcases some of the experimental systems used by our program faculty members in their research.


  • Dendritic cells with dendrites (green) interacting with T cells (red). Image courtesy of Shino Hanabuchi, Ph.D.

  • Regulatory FoxP3 T cells (green) in intestinal microvilli (red) visualized by multiphoton microscopy in FoxP3-GFP mice. Imaging Anna Zal, M.Sc.

  • Interactions between regulatory FoxP3 T cells (green),
    macrophages (red) and lung tumor (blue). Imaging by Anna Zal, M.Sc.

  • Regulatory FoxP3 T cells (red) and ICOS-positive cells (green) in mouse thymus. Image courtesy of Yi-Hong Wang, M.D., M.Sc., and Anna Zal, M.Sc.

  • Visualization of T-cell zones (green) in Peyer's patches in CD4-cre/Rosa26-YFP mice. Imaging by Anna Zal, M.Sc.

  • Interactions between T cells (red) and dendritic cells (green) in the microenvironment of the intestine. Imaging by Anna Zal, M.Sc.

  • Regulatory FoxP3 T cells (green) and autofluorescent cells
    (blue) in the intestine (red). Imaging by Anna Zal, M.Sc.

Upcoming Events

  • Save the Date! Immunology Program Student Retreat: Fri. May 15 - Sat. May 16 at Sugar Land Town Square Marriott.  Details to follow.
  • FY15 Seminar Series; all seminars are held on Thursdays at 10am in the South Campus Research Building.  View the full schedule.

Recent Events

The Immunology Graduate Students enjoyed a BBQ in mid-September 2014 to kick-off the new academic year and to welcome new students to the Program!

The Immunology Program Annual Research Retreat took place on May 16-17, 2014 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.  We invite you to view our Retreat Program and Photo Album from the event.

Program Events

Student Research Retreats







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Program Newsletter


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