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Current PhD Students

Current UW Immunology PhD students form a close-knit community who actively interact and socialize together.  As a group, current UW Immunology PhD students gather socially at the department retreat and recruitment events.  They are supportive of each others’ work as evidence bytheir regular strong attendance at weekly student research presentations and dissertation defenses.  It is common to find group of students gathered throughout the department having lunchtime or coffee break discussions amongst each other.  This community environment is one of the most valued attributes to our graduate program.

Graduate Program Student Demographics

Current demographics of graduate students in Immunology:

  • By Gender:  50% Female, 50% Male
  • By Age – Entering students are 23-33; 90% age 28 or below.
  • By Education – Students have a BS or BA primarily in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Some students enrolling in the graduate program have already completed a Master’s degree. 

Examples of Student Publications

  1. Lau L, Gray EE, Brunette RL, Stetson DB.  2015.  DNA tumor virus oncogenes antagonize the cGAS_STING DNA sensing pathwayScience; pii: aab3291.  PMID: 26405230.
  2. Kolhatkar NS, Brahmandam A, Thouvenel CD, Becker-Herman S, Jacobs HM, Schwartz MA, Allenspach EJ, Khim S, Panigrahi AK, Luning Prak ET, Thrasher AJ, Notarangelo LD, Candotti F, Torgerson TR, Sanz I, Rawlings DJ.  2015.  Altered BCR and TLR signals promote enhanced positive selection of autoreactive transitional B cells in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.  J Exp Med; 212(10):1663-77.  PMCID: PMC4577851.
  3. McFarland AP, Horner SM, Jarret A, Joslyn RC, Bindewald E, Shapior BA, Delker DA.  2014.  The favorable IFNL3 genotype escapes mRNA decay mediated by AU-rich elements and hepatitis C virus-induced microRNAs.  Nature Immunol. 15(1):72-79.  PMID:PMC24241692.
  4. Smigiel KS, Richards E, Srivastava S, Thomas KR, Dudda JC, Klonowski KD, Campbell DJ.  2014.  CCR7 provides localized access to IL-2 and defines homeostatically distinct regulatory T cell subsets.  J Exp Med.  211:121-36.  PMCID:PMC24378538.