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The Immunology concentration area coursework and laboratory research emphasize cellular and molecular biology studies in infectious disease immunology, mucosal immunity and inflammation, immunopathology, immunoparasitology, environmental immunology, and immunology of non-vertebrate species. Our diversified faculty is drawn from the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Sciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as government agencies located in the Research Triangle Park. Interdepartmental cooperation provides a unique atmosphere for the study of immunology in a wide range of species.

The concentration is designed to prepare students for professional research and teaching careers applying cellular and molecular biology techniques to animal and human health problems, associated with the immune system, including infectious disease and inflammation. Our immunology graduates are extremely competitive for positions in universities, pharmaceutical companies, and governmental institutions. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, with close proximity to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the Research Triangle Park, provides a unique biomedical research environment for seminars, meetings, and interaction with other scientists. Graduate research assistantships are available to qualified students.


MB/IMM 751 Immunology (3 credits)

IMM/CBS 816 Advanced Topics in Immunology (1 credit each semester; 8 semesters required for doctoral students)

IMM/CBS 783 Advanced Immunology OR PO/IMM 757 Comparative Immunology (3 credits)

and ONE of the following:

BCH 553 Biochemistry of Gene Expression (3 credits)

BCH 555 Proteins and molecular mechanisms (3 credits)

BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits)

BIT 510 Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits)

CBS 770 Cell Biology (3 credits)


MB/IMM 751 Immunology (3 credits)

IMM/CBS 816 Advanced Topics in Immunology (1 credit each semester; 4 semesters required for masters students)


STAT 512 Experimental Statistics For Biological Sciences II (3 credits)

MB 718 Introductory Virology (3 credits)

BCH 553 Biochemistry of Gene Expression (3 credits)

BCH 555 Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms (3 credits)

CBS 770 Cell Biology (3 credits)

CBS 810 Infectious Disease Pathogenic Mechanisms (1 credit)

BIT 510 Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits)

BIT module courses (2 credits each):

BIT562 Gene Expression Analysis: Microarrays

BIT 564 Protein Purification

BIT 565 Real time PCR Techniques

BIT 566 Animal Cell Culture Techniques

BIT 567 PCR and DNA Fingerprinting

BIT 568 Genome Mapping


IMM/CBS 783 Advanced Immunology (3 credits)

PO/IMM 757 Comparative Immunology (3 credits)


Participating Faculty

NameEmailConcentrationResearch Emphasis
Adam Immunology, Infectious DiseasesGeneral Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
Bruce ImmunologyDevelopment of biological therapies for allergic diseases
Christopher Immunology, NeurosciencesComparative neuroimmunology and neuro-oncology
Elisa Immunology, Infectious DiseasesCrisci lab studies the interactions between respiratory viruses and innate immunity
Erika Immunology, PathologyRegulation of macrophage function
Frank ImmunologyViral Immunology
Glenn Crusegpcruse@ncsu.eduCell Biology, Immunology, PhamacologyTranslational research in mast cell-driven diseases such as allergy, asthma and mastocytosis.
Isabel Gimenoimgimeno@ncsu.eduImmunology, Infectious Diseases, Population MedicineTumor viral diseases in poultry and development of the chicken immune system
Jeffrey Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesWe study the evolution of immune receptors and PFAS immunotoxicology.
John Cell Biology, ImmunologyThe goal of our USDA funded research is to study the role of immune cells in the ovary.
Jonathan ImmunologyAnimal models for T cell dysfunction in HIV infection and Immune dysfunction in cancer and anti-tumor immunity
Lauren Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesThe Schnabel Laboratory focuses on the use of regenerative and biologic therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
Marcelo Cell Biology, Immunology Molecular mechanisms of cell proliferation and apoptosis with the main emphasis on dysregulate proliferation and carcinogenesis.
Matthew Kocimdkoci@ncsu.eduImmunology, Infectious DiseasesMatt Koci's research program focuses on host-microbe interactions and understanding how the host recognizes, responds to, eliminates, and ultimately develops resistance to pathogens.
Michael ImmunologyLymphocyte development and differentiation
Paul ImmunologyWe work to develop new immunotherapies for canine hematologic cancers
Petra Immunology, Infectious DiseasesAutoimmune and allergic skin disease of small animals
Ravi Immunology, Infectious DiseasesImmunology of infectious diseases and Vaccine development
Samuel Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesRegulation of Neutrophil Motility
Scott ImmunologyNew medicines for inflammation and pain
Steven Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, PathologyGenetics and Therapy of Cancer
Sue ImmunologyImmune regulation in the gastrointestinal tract
Thierry Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesPathogenesis and Therapy of Pruritis, Atopic Dermatitis and Autoimmune Diseases
Tobias Kaesertekaeser@ncsu.eduImmunology, Infectious DiseasesThe Kaeser lab studies the adaptive immune response in pigs and uses it as a biomedical animal model for chlamydia infections and food allergy
Yevgeny Immunology, Neurosciences, Pharmacology Drug delivery to the brain and to cancer.