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What is Immunology?

The immune system is essential to protect us from infections and tumors, but also causes diseases such as autoimmunity, allergy, and graft rejection. Immunology is the study of the immune system. Investigators at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and HMS-affiliated institutions are engaged in cutting edge immunology research, which is leading to new ways to prevent or treat diseases. More

Organizations under the Harvard Immunology Umbrella

The major HMS-based organizations under the Harvard Immunology umbrella are:

  • The Committee on Immunology brings together more than 100 immunology faculty at the Harvard Hospitals, Harvard Quadrangle and Harvard School of Public Health for seminars, retreats and to oversee educational programs including the Program in Immunology, which is the HMS immunology graduate degree program.
  • The Division of Immunology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, which is an immunology research division based at HMS. Division investigators address several critical aspects of immunology, spanning basic and translational approaches.
  • The Harvard Institute of Translational Immunology, which supports new initiatives to develop therapies for immunological diseases and immunological therapies for other diseases.
  • Teaching hospitals associated with Harvard Medical School and other HMS affiliated institutions are the homes of the majority of immunology research laboratories lead by Harvard faculty.

Immunologists at Harvard

Many immunology faculty, fellows, and students conduct immunology research at HMS and its affiliates. The People and Labs tool provides browse and search capabilities by researcher and/or lab name or area of specialty.


History of Immunology

Harvard has been a leader in immunology research since the early twentieth century, and many of the world's premier immunology investigators have worked at HMS or HMS-affiliated institutions. More