Encompassing the disciplines of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics, immunology sits at the intersection of these important basic sciences with clinical medicine. Since its formation in 1993, the Immunology Graduate Program has succeeded in attracting excellent scientists who are interactive and dedicated to maintaining a training program with a strong commitment to graduate training, education and cutting-edge research in immunology. Currently the program has a total of 40 faculty across 10 Departments and 2 Colleges. Further the program is consistently held in high regard by peers at other institutions and was rated in the top ten of public US Immunology programs for global research reputation in the recent 2019 US News and World Reports rankings.

A recently reorganized core immunology curriculum plus strong electives in related disciplines encourage creative thinking. Core facilities make the latest technologies available to all investigators. Numerous journal clubs and discussion groups complement an outstanding weekly seminar program featuring both Iowa faculty and prominent immunologists from around the world.

The University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology would welcome the opportunity to help you achieve a Ph.D. degree in immunology and realize your career goals.

Program Academic Objectives and Mission:

  • To educate and train students toward independent careers as investigators and educators in cutting-edge research, teaching, and service in basic and applied immunology
  • To develop the student’s ability to think critically and evaluate data and scientific literature, to problem solve, to expand their technical skills, and to design rigorous and reproducible experiments that increase both their knowledge base and allow them to address scientific questions in immunology
  • To develop the student’s ability to communicate their scientific findings and knowledge via both written and oral methods to a variety of audiences

Interdisciplinary Immunology T32 Predoctoral Training Grant

Predoctoral training in immunology (T32AI007485) is supported by a T32 training grant from the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been funded since 1995. The overall goal of our predoctoral T32 training program is to educate, train, and produce a new generation of excellent young immunologists, well-prepared to advance the science of immunology and their own independent careers in academic, educational, and industrial settings. The T32 predoctoral program and the larger Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Iowa have a robust history of successfully training students toward independent careers in immunology.

  • Primary Investigator - Kevin Legge, PhD


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity is a critical part of the University of Iowa’s research, education, and clinical care goals. A diverse student body, faculty, staff and patient population help provide a richer education for all students, and also contribute to a more well-rounded research enterprise. The Office of  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  works closely with administrative offices and community partners to foster an environment where all members of the UI Health Care community feel welcome.