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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program - Infectious Disease and Immunity

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The Infectious Disease and Immunity cluster (IDI) brings faculty together from basic science and clinical departments as well as research centers to support and train PhD, MD/PhD and MS students within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Temple University School of Medicine. The IDI cluster provides educational and research opportunities focused on the overlapping fields of Microbiology and Immunology. Microbiology involves the study of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, or parasites) and the pathogenesis of the diseases they cause whereas Immunology is the study of the mechanisms whereby our bodies control infections.


The IDI cluster houses comprehensive research programs covering multiple aspects of these related fields. For instance, investigators study basic aspects of bacterial physiology, the molecular biology of DNA and RNA viruses, with a particular emphasis on viruses important in human health such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), and how innate recognition systems within the immune system, such as Toll-like receptors, function during host defense. Other investigators are examining specific aspects of the immune system, for instance at unique sites of infections such as the skin or the lungs, immune system dysfunction and how immune system functions are modulated by interactions with drugs of abuse such as opioids, methamphetamine, and cannabinoids.


The IDI cluster curriculum offers students advanced course work in such topics as immunology, virology and mechanisms of host-microbe interactions. Students participate in a cluster seminar series and various research-focused journal clubs. The goal of the cluster is to develop in students a broad knowledge of infectious disease and immunity that is complemented with the most current research findings in the field.



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Siddharth Balachandran *

Marc Monestier, MD, PhD

Bettina Buttaro, PhD

Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD

Roberto Caricchio, MD

Raghava Potula, MHA, PhD

Marion Chan, PhD

Joseph Rabinowitz, PhD

Philip L. Cohen, MD

Glenn Rall, PhD *

Prasun K. Datta, PhD

Jay Rappaport, PhD

Toby Eisenstein, PhD

Pamela Roehm, MD, PhD

Tracy Fischer-Smith, PhD

Thomas Rogers, PhD

Stefania Gallucci, MD

Ilker Sariyer, PhD
Doina Ganea, PhD Wen-Hai Shao, PhD

Jennifer Gordon, PhD

Tomasz Skorski, MD, PhD, DSc

Wen-Zhe Ho, MD, MPH

Italo Tempera, PhD

Liselotte Jensen, PhD

Alexander Tsygankov, PhD

Richard Katz, PhD * Çagla Tükel, PhD
Kamel Khalili, PhD David Wiest, PhD *

Laurie Kilpatrick, PhD

Weidong Xiao, PhD

Kwang Chul Kim, PhD

Yi Zhang, PhD
* Indicates Fox Chase Cancer Center Faculty. Profiles opens in new window.