Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases

  • T32 Training Grant Overview

    The objective of the University of Iowa Immunology Postdoctoral Training Program is to produce outstanding independent immunologist investigators that will pursue successful academic careers. The core of the program is a 90% time commitment to immunology research experience under the supervision of a preceptor who is an outstanding immunology researcher with current external research funding and enthusiasm for mentoring. 

    The preceptors who meet these criteria represent a broad range of basic research areas in molecular and cellular immunology, including lymphocyte activation, apoptosis, signal transduction, gene regulation, regulation of lymphocyte function by toll-like receptors, cytokines, viral immunology, cancer immunology, transplantation, host defense, allergic mechanisms, autoimmunity, neutrophil and macrophage biochemistry, gastrointestinal immunology, and pulmonary immunology. These 34 faculty, assigned as Mentors or Associate Mentors based on their postdoctoral training experience, represent 9 departments.  They function within an immunology research community of over 40 highly interactive immunology researchers.  

    Sophisticated technologies are accessible to all trainees through Core Laboratories and trainees are exposed to cutting edge research technologies through formal interactions with our “technical consultants”.  Trainees must hold a doctoral degree, such as an MD or PhD.  Candidates are sought by nationwide advertising and personal contact by Iowa immunologists, with specific effort directed to discovering and recruiting women and under represented minority candidates. Formal application requires a project description, statement of career goals, interview with the Admissions Committee and recommendation letters. The main criterion for selection is the probability that the candidate will develop into a productive independent immunology investigator, in the judgment of the Admissions Committee who make recommendations to the Program Director, Dr. Harty who also is advised by an Executive Committee of faculty mentors.  

    Trainee progress and career development are formally tracked by a tailored Postdoctoral Advisory Committee for each trainee and by the opportunities offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars. Trainees also are able to choose formal didactic and seminar courses from a rich immunology and molecular biology curriculum and also take the Responsible Conduct of Research course. They attend weekly Immunology Seminars, presented by faculty and by prominent guest immunologists, with whom they personally interact. Trainees are required to present their work in this seminar series each summer.  The grant supports attendance at one scientific meeting each year. Trainees must submit at least one application for an individual fellowship for each year of funding.  If this application is not funded but progress is satisfactory, two years of research training are normally supported. For a third year, candidates must compete with first year applicants.

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  • Participating Faculty Members

    Name/Degrees Rank Primary (& Secondary Appointment(s) Role in Program Research Interest
    Allen, Lee-Ann, Ph.D.    Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Research in my laboratory studies the mechanisms of pathogenesis of two Gram-negative bacteria - Helicobacter pylori and Francisella tularensis
    Badovinac, Vladimir, Ph.D. Associate Professor Pathology (Immunology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Generation and manipulation of memory CD8 T cell responses
    Bishop, Gail, Ph.D. Professor Microbiology (Immunology, Internal Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, MSTP) P.I. and Experienced Mentor Molecular mechanisms of lymphocyte activation in normal immunity, autoimmunity, and malignancy
    Colgan, John, Ph.D. Associate Professor Internal Medicine (Anatomy & Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Regulation of lymphocyte development and function
    Harty, John, Ph.D. Professor Microbiology (Immunology, Microbiology, MSTP, Pathology) Experienced Mentor T cell responses to infection
    Houtman, Jon, Ph.D. Associate Professor Microbiology (Immunology Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor The goal of my laboratory is to understand the molecular mechanism of the formation of the multiprotein signaling complexes that occur after T cell receptor (TCR) activation
    Karandikar, Nitin, M.D./Ph.D. Professor and Chair/DEO Pathology (Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor The goal of our research is to understand immune interactions that underlie the pathogenesis and regulation of immune-based diseases, mainly focusing on multiple sclerosis
    Legge, Kevin, Ph.D. Associate Professor Pathology (Immunology, Microbiology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Dendritic cell immunobiology and pulmonary immunity
    Morita, Craig, M.D./Ph.D. Associate Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Human gd T cell recognition of nonpeptide antigens: Discriminating friend from foe through the recognition of prenyl pyrophosphate metabolites
    Nauseef, William, M.D. Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, Microbiology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor The molecular and cell biology of human neutrophil function
    Perlman, Stanley, M.D./Ph.D. Professor Microbiology (Immunology, MSTP, Neuroscience, Pediatrics) Experienced Mentor Study of coronavirus pathogenesis, including demyelination and SARS
    Petersen, Christine, D.V.M., Ph.D. Associate Professor Epidemiology (Immunology, Microbiology) Experienced Mentor Host zoonotic pathogen interactions using relevant animal model systems
    Smith, Richard, M.D. Professor Otolaryngology (Genetics, Immunology, Internal Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, MSTP, Pediatrics) Experienced Mentor The MORL uses genetic and functional studies to the complement cascade to the study of pathogenesis of ultra-rare complement-mediated renal diseases to identify therapeutic targets to mitigate renal damage
    Suttewala, Fayyaz, M.D./Ph.D. Associate Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Biology of the NLR family of pattern recognition receptors in infection and inflammation
    Varga, Steven, Ph.D. Associate Professor Microbiology (Immunology, MSTP, Pathology) Experienced Mentor Viral immunology and immunopathology
    Weiner, George, M.D. Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Novel approached to cancer immunotherapy including the evaluation of monoclonal antibody therapy, and new strategies for tumor immunization
    Weiss, Jerrold, Ph.D Professor Internal Medicine (Human Toxicology, Immunology, Microbiology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Innate immune recognition and defense
    Wilson, Mary, M.D Professor Internal Medicine (Epidemiology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Dr. Wilson's research focuses on the molecular and immunobiology of infection with the protozoan parasite, Leishmania
    Xue, Hai-Hui, M.D./Ph.D. Associate Professor Microbiology (Immunology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Transcription regulation of hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal and differentiation to T lineages
    Zavazava, Nicholas, M.D./Ph.D. Associate Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology, MSTP) Experienced Mentor Immunobiology and differentiation potential of ES/iPS cells
    Vyas, Yatin, M.B.B.S/M.D. Professor Pediatrics (Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology) Mentor Epigenetic regulation of the transcription program of Th1-network genes by WASP
    Cassel, Suzanne, M.D. Assistant Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology New Mentor Regulation of the innate immune response and its impact on CD4 cell responses
    Lieberman, Scott, M.D./Ph.D. Assistant Professor Pediatrics (Immunology) New Mentor The goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms of immune dysregulation that lead to organ-specific autoimmunity with a focus on Sjögren syndrome (lacrimal and salivary gland autoimmunity)
    Salgado-Pabon, Wilmara, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Microbiology (Immunology) New Mentor Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis and manipulation of adaptive immune responses
    Zhang, Weuizhou, Ph.D. Professor Pathology (Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology) New Mentor Mechanistic study related to breast cancer-initiating cells and tumor microenvironment
    Ballas, Zuhair, M.D. Professor Internal Medicine (Immunology) Resource Clinical interests place major emphasis on the evaluation of immune dysfunction
    Giudice, George, Ph.D. Professor Dermatology (Biochemistry, Immunology) Resource Autoimmune blistering skin disease
    Hirsch, Raphael, M.D. Professor and Head Pediatrics (Immunology, MSTP) Resource Inflammation mediators in arthritis
    Janz, Siegfried, M.D. Professor Pathology (Immunology, MSTP) Resource Mouse models of human B cell and plasma cell neoplasms
    Lubaroff, David, Ph.D. Professor Urology (Immunology, Microbiology) Resource Tumor immunology and immunotherapy
    Schlievert, Patrick, Ph.D. Professor and Head Microbiology (Immunology, Internal Medicine, MSTP) Resource Studies the interaction of gram positive bacteria and their immune modulating virulence factors with the human immune system
    Waldschmidt, Thomas, Ph.D. Professor Pathology (Immunology) Resource Bone marrow transplantation, B cell development, Germinal center reaction