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Training in Immunologic Diseases and Basic Immunology is focused specifically and comprehensively on the field of immunology. Over the years the preceptors and graduates of the program have made major contributions to the substantial growth of the research and training programs of the participating departments and units at UAB. More than 150 postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees have been supported since 1976. The majority have gone on to pursue academic careers in immunology.

History of the Immunology Training Program

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Directors & Associate Director of the UAB Program in Immunology (1976 to present)

In 1976 the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was awarded an Institutional National Research Service Award to support a training program in Allergic and Immunologic Diseases and Basic Immunity. At its inception under the directorship of Robert Stroud, MD, the program included three cohesive and widely interactive groups of immunologists: 1) Developmental and Clinical Immunology Group of the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, and Pediatrics; 2) the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology of the Department of Medicine; and 3) the Mucosal Immunobiology Unit of the Departments of Microbiology, Medicine, Oral Biology, and Pathology. Complementing the program was the inclusion of the Neuroimmunology and the Host Defense Groups, both formed in 1996, and the Transplantation Immunology Group, which joined in 2000.

Following the departure of Dr. Stroud in 1979, John E. Volanakis, MD assumed directorship of the program. In 1991, Max D. Cooper, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Pathology, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, took up the mantle of leadership with the Assistance of Harry W. Schroeder, Jr. M.D., Ph.D. as Associate Director.  Following Dr. Cooper’s retirement in 2008, Dr. Schroeder was promoted to the directorship and Laurie Harrington, Ph.D. was recruited as the new Associate Director.

Objectives of the Training Program

  • To provide predoctoral and postdoctoral MD and PhD scientists  with a broad array of multidisciplinary training opportunities in basic, translational and clinical research in the field of immunology
  • To provide these predoctoral and postdoctoral MD and PhD scientists with the academic training, research skills, and individual mentoring necessary to ensure their success as independent investigators
  • To provide a practical immunology research experience that builds upon the highly collaborative research environment that exists at UAB

Information about the Training Program

Director: Harry W. Schroeder, Jr., MD, PhD
Associate Director: Laurie E. Harrington, PhD


Positions Supported by Grant:

7 predoctoral positions (Annually)

3 postdoctoral positions (Annually)

Application Process: Please select the relevant application below, save it first, then open it. Depending on the browser you use, when you click on the link below (or click on save in the window that opens), the file may automatically download to your computer. You will see a WORD file pinned to the task bar. In the latter case, open the file and save it to your computer. Complete applications, including documentation required, should be attached to an email to Ada Elgavish, PhD (see contact information below). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact her.

Pre-doctoral Application

Post-doctoral Application

Forms for Current Trainees:

Progress Report

Pre-doctoral Report Post-doctoral Report

Waiver of Student Insurance Plan

Contact Information:
Ada Elgavish, PhD
Tel: (205) 516-1383
email: aelgavis@uab.edu


Faculty and Trainees

Current trainees: For a list click here

Training Grant Faculty: For a list click here


Information for Current Trainees

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