Organization of stromal cells in the lymph node. Lymph nodes were isolated, sectioned, and stained with fluorescent antibodies specific for lymphatic endothelial cells (red) and blood vascular endothelial cells (green). Other cells were visualized with a stain that detects their nuclei (blue). Such imaging is being used to study the movement of lymphocytes and dendritic cells into and out of the lymph node and how their localization influences the development of immune responses and immunological tolerance. Courtesy of Jarish Cohen, MSTP student in Dr. Victor Engelhard’s laboratory.

The Immunology Program at UVA includes research spanning basic development and regulation of the immune system to clinical trials.  Areas of interest include molecular aspects of B and T lymphocyte development, innate immunity, regulation of immune response quality, lymphocyte trafficking, modulation of immunity to viruses and bacteria, tumor immunology and immunotherapy, allergic diseases, autoimmunity, neuroimmunology and immunological perturbations in cardiovascular disease.

The Immunology Training Program consists of outstanding faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows performing cutting-edge research in a collaborative and collegial environment.  We provide students with an interdisciplinary training experience that emphasizes the breadth of immunology as well as cell and molecular biology.  The Training Program is funded in part by an NIH training grant in its 17th year, with 32 mentors providing cohesion and comprehensiveness.

The Program is integrated with and supported by the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC), the Carter Immunology Center, and the Center for Immunity, Inflammation, and Regenerative Medicine.  It also provides access to many state-of the-art research support facilities.

The program provides a creative and vibrant training environment that prepares students for careers in immunology research and the delivery of new and innovative therapies to patients.