Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology-Immunology

Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Training Program

The Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Training Program (IMPTP) is an NIH-NIAID sponsored (T32) training program. Funded since 1996, the IMPTP supports the training of both pre- and post-doctoral students working at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Predoctoral training is done in conjunction with the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP). The training program, unique among the training programs at Northwestern, stresses the basic mechanisms and interactive nature of immunology, microbiology, and pathogenesis and the collaboration of colleagues. The faculty preceptors are 29 highly productive researchers from eight different departments in the medical school, including Microbiology-Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Dermatology, Medicine, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Urology. Each year, four predoctoral and two postdoctoral students are appointed to the IMPTP grant. Pre-doctoral students are appointed for a two-year period at the end of the second year of graduate studies after they have completed their coursework and qualifying exams and have identified a research adviser, while post-doctoral candidates are appointed at the outset of their training for a one-year period while they apply for independent funding.

Executive Committee

Current Trainees


Administrative Support



Nicholas Cianciotto, PhD
Professor of Microbiology-Immunology


Chyung-Ru Wang, PhD

Chyung-Ru Wang, PhD
Professor of Microbiology-Immunology