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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 *

Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD

Bettina Buttaro, PhD

Raghava Potula, MHA, PhD

Roberto Caricchio, MD

Joseph Rabinowitz, PhD

Marion Chan, PhD

Glenn Rall, PhD *

Philip L. Cohen, MD

Jay Rappaport, PhD

Prasun K. Datta, PhD

Pamela Roehm, MD, PhD

Toby Eisenstein, PhD

Thomas Rogers, PhD

Tracy Fischer-Smith, PhD

Ilker Sariyer, PhD

Stefania Gallucci, MD

Wen-Hai Shao, PhD
Doina Ganea, PhD

Tomasz Skorski, MD, PhD, DSc

Jennifer Gordon, PhD

Italo Tempera, PhD

Wen-Zhe Ho, MD, MPH

Alexander Tsygankov, PhD

Liselotte Jensen, PhD

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

Weidong Xiao, PhD

Laurie Kilpatrick, PhD

Xiao-Feng Yang, MD, PhD

Marc Monestier, MD, PhD

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