Immunology Training Program T32
The Post-doctoral Immunology Training Program (ITP) at MUSC is a broad-based inter-departmental training program that reflects the research interests of faculty at MUSC and the Charleston VA Medical Center. Research is centered on immune-mediated pathogenesis and covers the three basic areas of immunology, namely innate immunity, T cell biology, and antibodies/B cell biology. Disease related themes within this program include inflammatory conditions, immunity to infection, alloimmunity (organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant), autoimmunity, and cancer immunity. Links to the specific areas of research being undertaken within the program can be found in the list of program faculty.
There are two pools of program faculty who serve as potential mentors. One pool consists of all faculty on campus with immunology focused research. The second pool consists of T32 eligible mentors engaged in immunology research. T32 eligible mentors have a track record in training postdoctoral scholars and currently have major funding.
The training program is mandatory for all postdoctoral fellows in the laboratories of Microbiology and Immunology faculty, as well as for all T32 funded fellows (this program is not currently funded by a T32 grant). For fellows who have received prior postdoctoral training, modifications can be made to the required coursework, depending on the level of prior training. The program is open to all postdoctoral fellows on campus.
Program trainees are expected to complete a set of mandatory training courses, and attend the Microbiology and Immunology seminar series and journal club. In addition to basic research training that will be obtained in the laboratory, trainees are further expected to affiliate with either a Translational or Entrepreneurial Track. Further details can be found under “Postdoctoral Education”.