Immunology & Inflammation


The human immune system has the remarkable capacity to efficiently detect and defend against a vast range of potential invaders such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. However, the very same processes that are so effective in eliminating dangerous infectious agents also have the potential to accidentally target host tissues. When these misdirected immune responses are not controlled, they lead to autoimmune diseases or other serious inflammatory conditions.

The goal of the Graduate Program is to train students to be independent scientists with a strong foundation in the scientific method and detailed knowledge of molecular immunology. Coursework provides a foundation for modern mechanistic study of biological systems and includes specific courses in basic and advanced immunology, inflammation, and host defense. The program brings together faculty studying basic immunology, infectious diseases and inflammatory mechanisms to address key questions using state of art approaches. The program faculty are drawn from across the NYU campuses and have a common interest in solving critical problems in basic, translational, and clinical immunology. Many investigators have a disease focus and the NYU School of Medicine has significant strengths in the areas of rheumatic diseases, lupus, neurodegenerative diseases, atherosclerosis, tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS.


Boris Reizis
michelle krogsgaard
Boris Reizis, PhD
Program Director 
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pathology
Michelle Krogsgaard, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Susan Schwab
Susan Schwab, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Fundamental Research Skills and Tools
  • Grant Writing
  • Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Elective Courses

  • Developmental Stem Cell Systems I and II
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Topics in Molecular Biology

Qualifying Exam 

When: Spring year 2

  • Written: thesis proposal describing the research project you intend to pursue for PhD studies. Proposal must follow the guidelines available from the program administrator.
  • Oral: defense of written thesis proposal. The procedures for the oral defense are available from the program administrator.