About the Ph.D. Program

Joel Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Department of Biological Chemistry & Institute for Cell Engineering
Director, Immunology Graduate Program

Welcome from the Director

Thank you for visiting our website and considering The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Program in Immunology (GPI) as a place to learn and be creative. As Director of the GPI I’d like to give you a brief overview of the program itself, its history, and its direction for the future.
The GPI began in 1982 with two students and a handful of faculty. Since then we have grown to 34 students currently in training and 48 faculty. The faculty research interests span the entire gamut of Immunology, from basic mechanisms such as somatic hypermutation and gene rearrangement, molecular mechanisms of antigen processing and presentation, molecular signals for immune cell development and differentiation to translational research in the fields of cancer vaccines, allergy, infectious disease, immune engineering, autoimmunity and transplantation.
We are fortunate to have a number of centers of excellence in Basic Immunology and Cellular Engineering, Microbial Immunology, Autoimmunity and Cancer Immunology. This, combined with world-class facilities in genomics, genetics, proteomics, cell imaging and bioinformatics mean almost limitless opportunities for students to do cutting edge and creative Immunology research. It is indeed an exciting time for Immunology at Hopkins.
As director of a graduate training program, I am charged with the responsibility of ensuring that our students get the best education that we can possibly provide. Fortunately, that is an easy task at an environment such as Johns Hopkins. We are able to offer one of the most rigorous and expansive scientific training arenas in the world. The large number of accomplished biomedical scientists, the focus on interdisciplinary training, the availability of state of the art research facilities and a collegial environment gives our students a unique opportunity to develop as the next generation of leaders in Immunology. Recent program graduates have become post-doctoral research fellows in major labs all over the world. Many of our alumni have gone on to significant positions as successful independent researchers at universities, research institutes, government laboratories and biotechnology enterprises. Also, a number have distinguished themselves in the public policy, intellectual property and in scientific writing. All of our alumni have gone on to fulfilling careers in the biomedical field and for that we are grateful and very proud.
Please take the time to look over our program. We believe it can make a difference in your life and career. Also explore living in the great city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland where fun and fulfillment abound. We look forward to hearing from you.
-Dr. Joel Pomerantz

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Miller Research Building
Suite 631
733 North Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Office: (410) 955-2709

Email: [email protected]