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Program Missions

For more information contact:

Dr. Christopher Roman
Department of Cell Biology
(718) 270-1310
BSB 3-83

The multidisciplinary SUNY-Downstate immunology community encompasses a diverse spectrum of clinical, basic research, and allied health specialists that are focused on preventing and improving treatment for microbial infections and diseases of the immune system. These include allergy and asthma, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, immunodeficiency diseases such as AIDS, hematopoietic cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, and microbial infections such as chlamydia. Research interests range from understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying lymphocyte development and the immune response, to epidemiology, development of new treatment strategies, clinical trials, and disease prevention via community health education and outreach.

Basic science and clinical laboratories, plus advanced level academic programs, provide research training to students in the Ph.D, M.D. , and combined M.D. /P.hD programs, to post-doctoral and medical fellows and residents, and to students training in allied health fields. Numerous core facilities, interdepartmental seminars and collaborations contribute to the dynamic immunology research environment. Core facilities include facilities for transplantation, flow cytometry, transgenic mice, and immunoassays. Major clinical and research programs at Downstate include the UHB Asthma Center , the Center for Allergy and Asthma Research (CAAR), the HIV Center for Women and Children-STAR program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) . Immunology research and training occurs in many basic science and clinical departments including the basic science departments of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Physiology & Pharmacology ; the Department of Medicine ( Allergy and Immunology, Rheumatology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease ); the departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics ; and in the School of Public Health.