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University of Connecticut Health Center

Graduate Program in Immunology

Farmington, CT


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The PhD in Biomedical Science at UConn Health Center Offers a Concentration in Immunology

Immunology is one of the areas of concentration in UConn Health's PhD in Biomedical Science program. The central focus of the program is to train students to become independent investigators who will provide meaningful research and educational contributions to the areas of basic, applied, or clinical immunology. This goal is achieved by lectures, seminars, laboratory rotations, research presentations, and a concentration on laboratory research.

In addition to basic and advanced immunology courses, students are given a strong foundation in biomedical sciences through the core curriculum in genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. Research laboratory training aims to provide a foundation in modern laboratory techniques and concentrates on hypothesis-based analysis of problems.

Research in Immunology at UConn Health is focused on the cellular and molecular aspects of immune system structure and function in animal models and in humans. Areas of emphasis include:

- Molecular immunology; mechanisms of antigen presentation; T cell receptor genetics, major histocompatibility complex genetics and function; cytokines and cytokine receptors, tumor antigens.

- Cellular immunology; biochemical mechanisms and biological aspects of signal transduction of lymphocytes and granulocytes; requirements for thymic and extrathymic T cell development; cytokines in B and T cell development; immunotherapy of tumors and infectious disease; immunoparasitology including parasite genetics and immune recognition of parasite antigens; mechanisms of inflammation.

- Organ-based immunology; immune effector mechanisms of the intestine; lymphocyte interactions in the lung; immune regulation of the eye.

- Autoimmunity; animal models of autoimmune disease, effector mechanisms in human autoimmunity.

The Interdepartmental Program in Immunology Offers a Stimulating, Cutting-Edge Research Environment

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting-edge research environment. The Graduate Program in Immunology is interdepartmental, and therefore provides a broad base of training possibilities as well as ample shared facilities. State-of-the-art equipment is available in individual laboratories for analysis of molecular and cellular parameters of immune system structure and function. In addition, UConn Health supported facilities provide equipment and expertise in areas of advanced data acquisition and analysis. These facilities include the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, the Fluorescence Flow Cytometry Facility, the Gene Targeting and Transgenic Facility, the Molecular Core Facility, the Microarray Facility, the Gregory P. Mullen Structural Biology Facility, and the Electron Microscopy Facility. UConn Health Library is well equipped with extensive journal and book holdings and rapid electronic access to database searching, the World Wide Web, and library holdings. A computer center is also housed in the library for student use and training.

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2018-19 provide a stipend of $30,500 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

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Impressive Facilities and Provides Opportunities for Student Involvement

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than one million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014. There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.

The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

UConn Health Enjoys a Beautiful Setting but is Convenient to Numerous Opportunities

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, UConn Health is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, 7 miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car.

Hartford is the home of the acclaimed Hartford Stage Company, TheatreWorks, the Hartford Symphony and Chamber orchestras, two ballet companies, an opera company, the Wadsworth Athenaeum (the oldest public art museum in the nation), the Mark Twain house, the Hartford Civic Center, and many other interesting cultural and recreational facilities. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music.

Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.

The Hartford Area Offers a Wide Range of Affordable Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus, including an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. Candidates should note that university housing is not available at UConn Health.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 7

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Research Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.76%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 28%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9.52%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 4.76%


Male (42%)
Female (57%)


Focus of faculty research: Developmental immunology, T-cell immunity, lymphoid cell development, tolerance and tumor immunity, leukocyte chemotaxis
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030
United States
Contact Ms. Stephanie Rauch
Phone: 860-679-4509