Department of Immunobiology
The Department of Immunobiology at Yale is a highly interdisciplinary and interactive group focused on basic immunological research and multiple aspects of human diseases.
Training in Immunobiology
The Yale Immunobiology Graduate Program is the top ranked Immunology Graduate Program in the United States according to a study published in 2010 by the National Research Council. The Department of Immunobiology has a long tradition of interdisciplinary training in immunology. Pre- and post-doctoral trainees can receive research training in a combination of laboratories, allowing them to acquire a unique range of technical skills and concepts to be applied to a focused problem. In addition, trainees receive formal course work, attend seminars at which the research of outside experts or fellow trainees is presented and critiqued, and are free to exploit the considerable intellectual resources at Yale University. There is a new program within the Department of Immunobiology, the Human and Translational Immunology (HTI) Program whose mission is to accelerate the application of new developments in the field of immunology to the treatment of human diseases. The majority of the faculty in the Department of Immunobiology are located in The Anlyan Center (TAC) and the remaining laboratories are located in nearby buildings, including the Amistad facility, and the George Street facility.
History of Immunobiology at Yale
The Department of Immunobiology was established in the summer of 1988 with the appointment of Dr. Richard A. Flavell as its founding Chairman. It was one of the first University Departments in the country devoted specifically to the study of the immune system. Prior to Dr. Flavell's arrival, Immunology research at Yale was housed for many years within the Department of Microbiology, and subsequently in the Department of Pathology where it was organized as the Division of Immunology headed by the late Dr. Richard K. Gershon. Dr. Gershon, whose research focused on regulation of the immune response, developed a sizable division within the Department of Pathology between 1977 and 1983. At the time of Dr. Gershon's untimely death, a committee was appointed that recommended the establishment of an autonomous Department of Immunobiology. This was in large part due to the efforts of the late Charles A. Janeway Jr., who played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Department of Immunobiology. More…