Immunology PhD Program

The Immunology Training Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is focused on the increasingly complex interactions between tumors and the immune system and runs the complete gamut from basic mechanisms of immune responses, through translational development of novel therapies, to clinical trials. We offer a highly interactive, multidisciplinary course of study leading to a doctoral degree that prepares students for successful careers as independent investigators in cellular, molecular and tumor immunology.

As part of a world-class comprehensive cancer center we offer students the invaluable opportunity to become involved in translational research that brings investigator-initiated approaches for treating cancer into a clinical setting. We are the recipient of a unique NIH NCI sponsored pre-doctoral fellowship program in Translational Tumor Immunology, which provides funds for student stipends and travel and enhances the professional development of our students. Over the past several years, our students have:

  • Published papers in high impact journals such as The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nature Communications, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Blood, Cancer Research and The Journal of Experimental Medicine
  • Spoken about their research in front of international experts at prestigious national meetings such as the American Association of Immunology and the American Society of Hematology
  • Received highly competitive pre-doctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health

Immunology graduates have gone on to careers in academia, industry and government. Recent graduates have accepted post-doctoral positions at institutions such as The Ohio State University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University.

“My time in the Immunology PhD program at Roswell Park taught me not only the skills I needed to be a successful post-doc but also the drive to help others achieve that status as well. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and one of two PhDs serving on the American Society of Hematology Trainee Council, I am happy to share what I learned from the great mentorship at Roswell Park.”— Maegan L. Capitano, PhD, 2012

If you are interested in applying to our program or would like more information, please follow the links located in the menu or contact us.

The application deadline for Fall 2016 is January 5, 2016.

Students who wish to apply after the January 5 deadline are encouraged to contact the program before submitting an application.