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Welcome to The MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences graduate program in Immunology. The Immunology Graduate Program is designed to provide high-quality, comprehensive education and research training in the exciting field of immunology, allowing graduates to successfully pursue careers as independent investigators in academia or industry.

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Principles of immunology have been applied to create numerous preventative and curative therapeutics for many types of human disease. The GSBS Program in Immunology is an inter-institutional activity with faculty and laboratories located in the UTHealth McGovern Medical School and School of Dentistry, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, all committed to excellence in graduate student education and research. 

We currently have 74 faculty members from both MD Anderson and The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston representing 26 departments. Collectively, research conducted by our faculty reflects the complexity and diversity of the immune system. Main areas of faculty research include cancer immunology, infectious diseases, and inflammation with special interests in innate responses, adaptive responses, immune regulation, development of prophylactic vaccines, and development of vaccines or immunotherapy for a form of cancer, allergy or autoimmunity. Faculty members are committed to fostering a highly interactive and supportive environment that enables students to complete our rigorous curriculum and receive advanced training in basic and translational immunology research.

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PhD student Ye Ethan Li discusses first-authoring papers as a non-native English speaker; emphasizes a focus on one’s audience

PhD student Ye Ethan Li discusses first-authoring papers as a non-native English speaker; emphasizes a focus on one’s audience

Ye Ethan Li is a PhD student in the Immunology program at the Graduate School, and joined the lab of Katy Rezvani, MD, PhD, to research novel treatment with cell-based immunotherapy in locating and removing...
January 30, 2023
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Jennifer Wargo, MD

Wargo, MD, receives TAMEST O’Donnell Award for pioneering microbiome research

Jennifer Wargo, MD, Graduate School faculty member and professor of Surgical Oncology and Genomic Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has received...
January 19, 2023
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Four GSBS students 2022 UTHealthLeads fellows

4 GSBS students named 2022 UTHealthLeads fellows

UTHealthLeads is a one-year student fellowship program to develop future leaders in health care. In the program, UTHealth Houston students learn how to develop self-awareness, increase their leadership...
December 6, 2022
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Deborah Silverman, PhD

In memoriam: MD/PhD student Deborah Silverman

Deborah Silverman, PhD, a graduate student affiliated with MD/PhD and Immunology programs, passed away Nov. 19. She was the recipient of a grant from the Cullen Foundation and one of the 2020 John J. Kopchick...
December 6, 2022
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Four GSBS faculty members receive more than $2 million in CPRIT funding

Four GSBS faculty members receive more than $2 million in CPRIT funding

Research from Graduate School faculty members Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, MD, PhD; Jian Hu, PhD; Anirban Maitra, MBBS; and Helen Piwnica-Worms, PhD, was awarded funding from the Cancer Prevention...
October 5, 2022
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New Program Director and Co-Director join Immunology

July 1st marked day one for the new Immunology Program Director, Dr. Seyed Moghaddam, and Co-Director, Dr. Momoko Yoshimoto. Drs. Moghaddam and Yoshimoto will serve the Immunology community for a three-year term.


Dr. Seyed Moghaddam
Immunology Program Director
Associate Professor
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Dr. Momoko Yoshimoto
Immunology Program Co-Director
Associate Professor
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

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Moghaddam Seyed Javad Moghaddam, MD
Immunology Program Director
Associate Professor, Department of Pulmanary Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Office: Zayed Building, Z9.5046
Tel: 713-563-0423
Yoshimoto_Momoko Momoko Yoshimoto, MD, PhD
Immunology Program Co-Director
Associate Professor, Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science3 Center
Office: Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), SRB 637B
Tel: 713-500-2407

Ariel Scott 
Program Coordinator
BSRB S3.8328