Multidisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences

Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (I3) Track

The I3 track of our graduate program is ideal for students interested in training for basic and translational research careers in immunology, microbiology, and microbial and host pathogenesis.  The coursework for I3 comprises the first 15 months of the program, and includes introductory and advanced courses taught in lectures and small, Socratic group formats.  The I3 curriculum will provide the theoretical bases for molecular biologic, biochemical, cell biologic, and organismal approaches to studying infection, immunity, and inflammation.  Following coursework, I3 students will be prepared to critically evaluate and implement these approaches in their Ph.D. dissertation projects.  I3 students will select a mentor and project from among the I3 faculty, whose research programs span the fields of Immunology, Virology, Bacteriology, Mycology, and Parasitology.  Students who earn Ph.D. degrees in the I3 program will be positioned to continue their careers as leaders in directing and performing biomedical research.

All Faculty in the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (I3) Track
Oral Biology
Batish, Mona We are developing a method for single molecule RNA imaging of gene fusion transcripts. We are also working to explore the biology of Ewing Sarcoma cancers.
Cugini, Carla
Chauhan, Neeraj Host-pathogen interactions: Candida adherence and penetration of vascular endothelium. Elucidate signaling pathways that contribute to the pathogenesis.
Diehl, Scott We study millions of genetic polymorphisms from arrays or next generation sequencing to reveal the causes of individual differences in disease risk and response
Professor - Director
Schreiner, Helen
Assist Prof - Basic Science
Kachlany, Scott Our research focuses on the use of a bacterial protein for the treatment of white blood cell diseases.
Parashar, Vijay Cell-cell communication and second messenger signaling play a pivotal role in the development of virulence, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation by multi
Perlin, David The Perlin lab is interested in mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, rapid detection of drug resistant bloodstream and respiratory pathogens in high-risk p
Ramasubbu, Narayanan Structural biology of proteins involved in oral diseases and biofilm degradation
Associate Professor
Tsiagbe, Vincent Endogenous retrovirus superantigen in B cell lymphoma; Human endogenous retroviruses in human cancer; Immunologic basis of periodontal disease & bone resorption
Infectious Disease

Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation Curriculum

Admissions committee chair: Dr. Amariliz Rivera-Medina
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Additional information on specific faculty research interests can be found on the following departmental websites:

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Oral Biology

Public Health Research Institute

Medicine - Division of Infectious Disease

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