Training Program Summary and Philosophy.

This program is designed to recruit and train highly competitive candidates in pursuit of the PhD degree in the field of Immunology, and to support the development of PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows in pursuit of a career in Immunology research. It is intended to provide students and postdoctoral fellows with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue scholarly careers as independent creative research scientists in an academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology setting. We are sensitive to the changing intellectual and economic priorities in biomedical research and also provide avenues for our trainees to explore alternative career paths. We are also aware of the “NIH Statement in Response to the NAS Report: Addressing the Nation’s Changing Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists” and support the need to constrain the duration of both graduate and postdoctoral training. We believe that the best training environment in Immunology is interdisciplinary, involving intellectual input from basic and clinical science faculty, and occurring at the intersection of immunology with infectious diseases, cancer, vascular biology, cell biology, and molecular biology. Our programmatic activities, including didactic courses, Research-in-Progress, journal clubs, seminars and symposia, and Research Advisory Committees, promote cooperative and collaborative trainee oversight by mentors, and encourage trainees to interact and learn from one another.

The Predoctoral Training Program in Immunology at the University of Virginia offers a rich intellectual environment and a strong foundation for students seeking a productive and successful career in Immunology research.

The Immunology Training Program provides a comprehensive and focused exposure to the workings of the immune system, and the opportunity to engage in independent research activities with world-class investigators in the field of Immunology.