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A Career Choice

If you want to pursue a Ph.D. in one of the most exciting, most rapidly advancing areas of biomedical research, the Graduate Program in Immunology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine may be exactly what you’re hoping to find. Graduate training in immunology is an excellent way to launch a career in biomedical research. We are very proud of our graduates who are all engaged in the research enterprise at academic centers, research institutes, biotechnology companies and government agencies.

Immunology: A Fascinating Area of Study and a Burgeoning Field

Consider this: vertebrates utilize a complex, intriguing recognition system to identify and eventually eliminate a wide variety of invading bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic microorganisms. At the very heart of the Immunology discipline is understanding this recognition process and applying this knowledge to health and disease.

In recent years, molecular analysis of the immune system has provided new insights into such fundamentally important biological processes as molecular recognition reactions, the control of gene expression, genomic remodeling and mechanisms of cellular activation and differentiation. As a field of study, immunology offers outstanding opportunities. The immune system holds the keys to the understanding of many fundamental biological processes, as well as disease states such as AIDS, autoimmunity, transplantation rejection and cancer. Basic principles of immune function are being harnessed in the development of new vaccines and in the generation of innovative immunotherapies. Research in immunology has contributed greatly to understanding a wide variety of infectious diseases, as well as diseases such as multiple sclerosis, insulin-dependent diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis—which result from deregulated immune responses. But there is much important work ahead. The Hopkins Graduate Program in Immunology provides as excellent opportunity for inserting yourself into this exciting and expanding field.

Johns Hopkins: A Tradition of Creative Inquiry

The core mission of Johns Hopkins is the generation of new knowledge that will impact on human health and disease. The roots of this mission date back to the founding of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The opening of the Hospital in 1889, followed by the School of Medicine in 1893, marked the beginnings of an enterprise that would unite a university, medical school, and teaching hospital for the first time in America.

Intrinsic to this new concept is the idea that discourse between various disciplines is integral to advancing the science of medicine. The dynamic atmosphere created by this belief continues today, and has kept Hopkins continually in the forefront of biological research, medical education, and clinical medicine for more than a century.

Johns Hopkins: A Renowned Institution with Excellence in Classroom and Laboratory

As a place to study, Hopkins brings you in partnership with talented, productive faculty and students driven by curiosity. You’ll be working in state-of-the-art laboratories at an institution renowned for the quality and creativity of its biomedical research. The faculty is energetic and deeply committed to both research and education. You’ll be surrounded by excellence in the classroom and laboratory.

A high faculty-student ratio ensures that students interact closely with faculty advisers during dissertation research. At the same time, you’ll be part of a graduate medical environment that includes more than 500 Ph.D. students enrolled in the basic science departments of the School of Medicine, and a comparable number of graduate students enrolled in the adjacent School of Public Health.

Research facilities at Hopkins are state of the art and facilities for cellular imaging, cytometry, proteomics, genomics, genetics and high throughput screening are established and expanding. The laboratories of the Immunology Program faculty are clustered together and mixed with other faculty investigating a wide variety of biological and biomedical research problems. This allows all our students to interact freely with the entire Hopkins academic community. Collaboration and working partnerships among students and faculty are a time-honored Hopkins tradition.