Annual Report 2010

Immunology

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Mary Wilson, faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology, studies Leishmania spp., the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a disease spread by sand flies carrying the parasite. Some members of the U.S. military fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have been afflicted with the disease.

The interdisciplinary graduate program in immunology at The University of Iowa was organized in 1993 to bring together faculty from five departments who share a common interest in teaching students and performing research in immunobiology.

The program offers classroom and research training leading to a Ph.D. degree that will prepare the student for a career in academic research, industry, or teaching. The learning experience is enhanced by an outstanding seminar series and journal clubs where current immunology research is discussed.

Approximately six students are admitted each year, with financial aid available to all those entering the immunology Ph.D. program.

About the photo: Mary Wilson, faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology, studies Leishmania spp., the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a disease spread by sand flies carrying the parasite. Some members of the U.S. military fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have been afflicted with the disease.