University of Alabama at Birmingham Immunology
The multi-disciplinary Program in Immunology consists of over 100 UAB Faculty who identify themselves as basic or clinical immunologists and are members of multiple units at UAB. A desire for excellence on the part of the UAB faculty, coupled with the relative youth of the institution, has promoted a collective attitude of interdepartmental cooperation and collegiality.
With over $45M in FY 2008 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the two NIH funding agencies most focused on host defense, immunology, and inflammation research, this represented about 25% of the entire NIH research portfolio at UAB.
UAB is the home of several internationally prominent research programs, e.g., Developmental Immunology, Mucosal Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Division, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center, Host Defense, Virology and Vaccine Biology. Newer programs in Cancer Immunology, Allergy, Immunogenetics, Inflammation and Tissue Injury, Transplantation Immunology, Neuroimmunology, and Basic Immunology of the T cell and innate systems are poised to become highly competitive.
For a brief history of the Program in Immunology at UAB, written by Dr. Claude Bennett, please click here.
Mission and Goals
The Program in Immunology was created to enhance the wide distribution of immunology-related research at UAB. This trans-departmental program seeks to enhance communication among faculty in order to identify and stimulate additional synergies across campus. The main goals of the program are to:
- Facilitate research through coordination and collaboration
- Establish a committed Program Administration that broadly represents participating Departments and Centers to implement cross-cutting activities
- Enhance state-of-the-art technologies, including model systems, imaging, and cell therapeutics
- Advance the translational research capacity, including pre- and post-doctoral training improvements
- Establish a graduate training program in Immunology
Graduate and Postdoctoral Education in Immunology
Immunology Education at UAB focuses on training highly motivated predoctoral students, and PhD and MD graduates, in the fields of basic, translational and clinical immunology. Our trainees are committed to research and academic medicine. Therefore, rigorous training in research methods coupled with a strong appreciation for interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities is crucial to their development. Long-standing and highly effective collaborations of the Developmental Immunology Group, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center, the Mucosal Immunology Group, and the Host Defense Group have immensely contributed to the success of this endeavor. Many other UAB research groups, departments, and centers contribute faculty and resources to immunology training at UAB. The cornerstones of immunology education at UAB are outstanding mentorship, excellent research facilities, academic enrichment, and independent research experiences.
Cadres of senior and mid-level investigators, leavened by the contributions of gifted junior faculty are available as mentors. Links on the right side bar lead to information about faculty active in each of the respective research areas in immunology.
The Immunology Graduate Theme is a part of the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program. As one of the top medical research institutions in the United States, UAB provides an environment conducive to the recruitment of high-quality trainees. A wealth of basic and advanced courses provides didactic training. Trainees identify a major research focus and design and complete a research project relevant to immunology. Research is conducted within state-of-the art scientific facilities. Finally, a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and entertainment in Birmingham and its surroundings abound.