About Us

Department of Immunology

The Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh has a long tradition of excellence in immunology research and training. Students and postdoctoral fellows walk through hallways that are pictorial reminders of the days when Jonas Salk worked here on discovering the polio vaccine, or when Niels Jerne chaired the Microbiology Department and worked on perfecting the Jerne plaque assay for antibody producing cells. 

Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

The Starzl Transplantation Institute (STI) is a multidisciplinary environment where basic and clinical researchers are building on a long history of pioneering discovery and clinical achievements. The basic research programs of the STI use invertebrates, rodents, and large animal models, as well as patient samples, to answer fundamental questions in Immunology, Cell Biology, Virology, and Pharmacology. We are seeking answers that will provide the solutions to transplantion’s most challenging problems. In the tradition of our namesake, Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, who established clinical liver transplantation and introduced the immunosuppressive drugs that revolutionized clinical transplantation, STI's clinical research programs seek to improve short and long-term graft and patient survival through innovation and translation of basic and pre-clinical discoveries. Presently, we are developing immunological monitoring strategies that will enable us to optimize immunosuppression and testing cutting-edge immunomodulatory approaches that will permit improvement in transplantation outcomes without increased burden of immunosuppression.

UPCI

Founded in 1985, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. With nearly 400 research and clinical faculty members specializing in disciplines ranging from cancer prevention and early detection to novel therapeutic discovery, survivorship, and end of life care, UPCI maintains a broad strategic vision and comprehensive approach to understanding and defeating cancer. UPCI investigators are leaders in molecular and medical oncology and tumor immunology. At UPCI, basic researchers collaborate with clinician-scientists to rapidly advance the most promising laboratory studies into novel clinical trials, providing patients with early access to new and innovative treatments both at the Hillman Cancer Center and throughout the network of UPMC Cancer Center sites. Currently, patients have access to hundreds of clinical trials at UPCI and UPMC Cancer Center.

University Club

The University of Pittsburgh is home to countless state-of-the-art facilities designed to bring out the best in our mission as a leading public research university.  From its noteworthy architecture to its distinctive menu offerings, The University Club suggests style and elegance at every turn.