The mission of the UC Irvine Institute for Immunology is to consolidate and further the university’s immunology research efforts, thereby promoting the rapid development of world-class research and outstanding graduate and medical training programs in immunology.
The immune system plays a crucial role not only in fighting infectious pathogens, but also other disease states, including cancer and systemic and organ-specific autoimmune conditions, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and diabetes.
This study has led to vital discoveries about the pathways and mechanisms that govern development in biological systems.
The institute brings together more than two dozen faculty members from the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, whose research and instructional efforts are in immunology.
We integrate the immunological research and educational activities of multiple departments, including Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Biophysics, Pathology, Medicine, Neurology and Chemistry.
Our activities extend to synergies with allied areas of research including biomedical engineering, public health and physical rehabilitation.
The institute is focused on four major areas of immunology research:
Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis
Neuro-Inflammation and neuro-degeneration