Welcome to the Graduate Group in Immunology website!

Our Immunology Graduate Program emphasizes a flexible PhD program in an exciting field of biology and medicine. We offer a strong curriculum that prepares students for engaging in interdisciplinary science. Participating faculty from several Schools, Colleges, Centers and Departments at UC Davis provide diverse research opportunities in applied immunology.

Areas of focus for our program include infection and immunity (including host response to bacteria, viruses and parasites), immune regulation, neuroimmunology, nutrition and immunity, autoimmunity, cancer therapy and immune mediators used for diagnosis and treatment. Ongoing research includes every organ system, many animal models and human studies, spanning a range of analysis from single molecules to whole organisms. This diversity of research offers our students the latitude to emphasize and develop skills and knowledge in those areas of immunology that are of most interest to them.

What is a graduate group?

Graduate groups are an institution unique to the UC Davis campus.  The virtue of graduate groups is that they are much more flexible than departmental graduate programs. Graduate groups allow students to cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries. In the case of the Graduate Group in Immunology, over 60 faculty from 22 departments give students direct access to a very broad and deep faculty resource.  Depending on their research interests, our students can choose to work with faculty in the School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Comparative Medicine, California National Primate Research Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, the MIND Institute, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Biological Sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Center, The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Center for Neuroscience, or the Institute for Regenerative Cures. 

Special thank you to our sponsors!

The Graduate Group in Immunology would like to thank the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Department of Animal Science for their ongoing support.