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The Graduate Program in Immunology

At The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Immunology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine! Since 1982, our program continues to be at the forefront of cutting-edge biomedical research. Our mission is to train the next generation of researchers who, through active scholarship, contribute to the generation of new knowledge on the basic mechanisms of the immune system and the application of this knowledge to the understanding and treatment of disease.  

Facts at a Glance


Average time (years) to degree

For all Ph.D. recipients in the last 10 years


Average number of publications per student

In the last ten years, students have left Hopkins with an average of 6.5 total publications 


Percent of students from underrepresented backgrounds

Johns Hopkins prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its graduate programs


Average incoming student class size

Small incoming class size means students get individualized attention from faculty

News and Updates


October 2019 

The Graduate Program no longer requires the GRE general test for admission. 


September 2019

2019 Nobel Prize winner Tasuku Honjo visits Johns Hopkins!

Current students from left to right:
Samuel Warner, Pakhi Birla, Kusuma Ananth, Stormy Ruiz


August 2019

Third year graduate students who successfully passed their Doctoral Candidacy exams last fall were awarded with white coats to celebrate this milestone in their Ph.D. studies.

Upcoming Events

Thesis Presentations

Ian Bettencourt 
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Title: Amino Acid Regulation of T Cell Fate 
Mentor: Jonathan Powell, M.D., Ph.D.
CRBI Owens Auditorium, 9:30am

Annie Wu
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Title: Immune Profiling of Mouse and Human Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor:  Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D.
CRBI Owens Auditorium, 4:00pm

Alexandra Pucsek 
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Title: Galectin-3 and the Modulation of Antitumor Immunity 
Mentor: Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D.
CRB-II Room 111 11:00am


John O'Shea, M.D.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Title: Genomic Views of Lymphocyte Activation
Mountcastle Auditorium (PCTB), 4-5pm
*Refreshments Provided!*

Next Forum: March 10th, 2020

Hopkins and GPI Events

Women in STEM Symposium - April 4th, 2020
8am-5pm, Turner Concourse
The Women in STEM Symposium is a one-day event highlighting female and minority students, alumni, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This is a valuable academic, professional development, networking, and community-building event for Hopkins and other local university students across various schools and divisions, with company representatives and invited speakers and panelists from the broader JHU community and other leaders in STEM.

Young Investigators Day -  April 7th, 2020
This event was established in 1978 to recognize the outstanding research contributions made by our trainees: medical and graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows and residents.

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition - April 15th, 2020
3MT is an academic communication competition.
Doctoral students have three minutes –and a single, static PowerPoint slide –to present compelling and engaging talks on their dissertation topic. 3MT empowers students to consolidate their ideas and concisely explain their work to the public and scholars in other fields.

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