Close to 80 Department faculty members are engaged in basic science, translational, and clinical research across the Penn campus, including research programs at the Perelman School of Medicine, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and encompassing the areas of Autoimmunity and Allergy, Experimental Therapeutics, Gene Therapy and Vaccines, Microbiology, HIV, Immunology, and Immunotherapy.
Investigators in the division, exclusively researchers and teachers, maintain leadership roles in the Abramson Cancer Center and in several biomedical graduate programs. Historically a national leader, this is probably the preeminent immunology division within an academic pathology department anywhere. Among its highlights are: a singular weekly colloquium seminar series with renowned speakers invited from around the world; prodigious numbers of publications in high-tiered journals by faculty members, who, in turn, hold editorial board positions and serve in national committees; a substantial research portfolio with grants from the National Institutes of Allergy and Immunology, the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, and other foundations; a joint graduate training program with immunologists from NIH who have adjunct appointments in the division.
These efforts are supported by:
- A wide range of individual research laboratories
- Department-based institutes and centers designed to strengthen interdisciplinary research
- Inter-disciplinary programs for translational research efforts and clinical trials, leveraging the expertise of departmental faculty members with clinical service missions, and promote development of new clinical diagnostic tests
- Core laboratories founded by the Department that offer access to cutting-edge molecular, imaging and bioinformatics technologies