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Tufts University School of Medicine

Immunology

The Department of Immunology maintains research programs that focus on translational and basic research in areas relevant to human disease. The strength of the department lies with an integrated faculty interested in understanding how immunological, physiological and metabolic pathways interact to produce dysregulated, innate and adaptive host responses in a wide array of chronic diseases. These include autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, transplantation, infectious diseases, cancer, obesity and diabetes. Our goal is to become a world-class center for the study of inflammation and the targeted development of novel therapeutics for both treatment and prevention of immune-mediated diseases.

Faculty in the Department are highly interactive and collaborate with investigators in the various schools throughout the University, Tufts Medical Center and international institutions.

We are also committed to training predoctoral candidates through the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences interdepartmental graduate programs including Immunology, Genetics, Neuroscience, and Molecular Microbiology, as well as the Masters in Biomedical Sciences Program and the Masters Program in Pharmacology & Drug Development.

The department is home to the Tufts University Core Facility (TUCF) which houses the Genomics core and the DNA synthesis and sequencing core, and the Flow Cytometry Core Facility. The Genomics core offers Next Generation Sequencing, analysis of chromatin (ChIP-Seq), RNA-sequencing, DNA Methylation analysis, and Metagenomics including preparation of samples and bioinformatics support. The facility is equipped with two MiSeq and 2500 HiSeq systems. The Flow Cytometry Core facility provides cell sorters and analytical instruments run by core personnel as well as self-service analytical instruments.

Our department is located at the School of Medicine on the Health Sciences Campus of Tufts University. Opportunities to pursue research projects with faculty mentors during the school year or during the summer are open to medical, dental and undergraduate students from Tufts and other universities.

Tuft Researchers: Caroline Genco, Chair of Immunology

PhD Programs

Faculty from the Department of Immunology also participate in the Sackler School-based interdepartmental graduate programs listed below, which train students for the PhD and the combined MD/PhD degrees.

  • Providing strong training in basic molecular and cellular immunology, the immunology of chronic diseases, and inflammatory diseases.
  • A common interest in the biology of microbes and the effects of microbes on human and animal hosts.
  • Strong interdisciplinary training across a spectrum of biomedically-related translational areas.
  • Training scientists in the principles and applications of classical genetics and molecular genetics for careers in research, teaching, and biotechnology.
  • Working to understand the form and function of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on the synapse and glia-neuron interactions.
  • For students who want to pursue careers that include both research and clinical practice.