Department of Immunology

About Immunology

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance understanding of the function of the immune system in order to enhance our ability to fight infectious disease, cancer and autoimmune disease.  Basic research of all aspects of immunology is critical to this mission, as well as translational research to link our findings to the development of new therapies.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We hold diversity and inclusiveness as core values in our department and emphasize their importance throughout our research, recruitment, education and practice. We strive to create a climate that fosters belonging, respect and value for all within our scientific and academic community.

Read more about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department of Immunology

Our History

The Department of Immunology was established in 1986 by the University of Washington School of Medicine with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which provided initial funds for laboratory and administrative space, and resources for recruiting leading immunologists to complement UW researchers already conducting immunology work.  Dr. Roger Perlmutter was appointed as the first chair in 1989, and served until 1997.  Dr. Perlmutter was succeeded by Dr. Christopher Wilson who served as the second chair from 1999 to 2009.  The current chair, Dr. Joan Goverman, was appointed in 2010.

Today, the Department of Immunology is home to 11 core faculty members and 22 adjunct and affiliate faculty, approximately 56 postdoctoral fellows, and 35-40 graduate students, including students from the graduate Molecular and Cellular Biology program and the Medical Student Training program


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