Today’s Immunology is a highly interdisciplinary area, with investigations that go from isolating a gene that modifies the immune response to making or using knockout and transgenic mice, identifying specific antigenic peptides, to defining the phenotype using current approaches in cell and molecular biology. Therefore, to conduct cutting-edge and top-quality research in immunology, the students need to be prepared in general cell and molecular biology, as well as some genetics. The Immunology Training Program emphasizes course work that gives in-depth exposure to contemporary topics in immunology, along with a general cell and molecular biology training.
The goal of our coursework is to provide a strong foundation in modern cellular and molecular biology and a comprehensive understanding of the immune system, its structure and function. Beyond simply absorbing information, our coursework develops student skills in analytical thinking, experimental design, grant and paper writing, and oral communication. BIMS has established a curricular structure that provides a uniform experience for all graduate students in Fall year 1 (Y1). It balances traditional emphasis on didactic coursework with early laboratory research experience. Required first semester coursework has been consolidated into a single comprehensive “core” course, BIMS 6000. Semester long courses have largely disappeared, and been replaced by half-semester course modules. This allows greater flexibility for students to take specialized course offerings.
The experience of ITP trainees is enriched by 5 required course modules, a writing course, and a flow cytometry training component that are specialized and distinguish the ITP from all other graduate and medical school training programs.