UCSF ImmunoX Graduate Program
The UCSF ImmunoX Graduate Program in Immunology prepares pre-doctoral scholars for a career in immunology and its rapidly expanding community of partner sciences. The Program is a specialty curriculum designed to be to be integrated with UCSF’s degree-awarding graduate programs.
The Program’s courses emphasize modern approaches for understanding the molecular mechanisms of cell, organ, and immune system function, as well as integrative approaches for defining the physiological importance of these mechanisms. The core attribute of the program is advanced in-lab research training and mentorship by ImmunoX faculty. Students in the Program also participate in ImmunoX community activities, including the weekly student/faculty ImmunoX Journal Club, a weekly seminar series comprised of world-class immunologists from around the U.S and overseas, monthly program social events, and the annual ImmunoRetreat.
Students interested in the ImmunoX Graduate Program in Immunology are encouraged to begin the process by applying to a UCSF graduate program that suits their interests. The most generally applicable to the immunology curriculum is the UCSF Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program. A large majority of ImmunoX students and faculty are affiliated with the BMS program, but ImmunoX welcomes students and faculty from all UCSF programs, including Tetrad, DSCB, iPQB and others.
In summary, admittance and graduation as an ImmunoX Graduate Program in Immunology student comes down to four simple requirements:
- Students must be accepted into and ultimately meet all of the requirements of graduation for one of UCSF’s degree granting graduate programs. Please direct all program admissions questions to these respective programs.
- Students must participate in research in the lab of an ImmunoX Faculty PI (see list here). Graduate students select their research project generally at the end of the first year after completing three laboratory rotations.
- Students must participate in our courses and events, including, but not limited to, Micro 204, Spring Minicourses, journal club, seminar series, and retreat.
- Students should have an impactful first author paper submitted within the field of immunology before graduation.