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) at Houston, 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.
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.