Training Program in Pathogenesis and Host—Pathogen Interactions (HPI)
The Training Program in Pathogenesis and Host–Pathogen Interactions (HPI) is an interdepartmental teaching and research program that currently involves the participation of 10 faculty from multiple disciplines within the Boston University School of Medicine. Students are admitted to the HPI training program through the Department of Microbiology, where they follow a program specifically designed for students in the HPI. The program of study includes a literature-based curriculum, prominent guest speakers, and spirited journal clubs as well as extensive hands-on laboratory training. Small class size and extensive interaction with the faculty provide students with the opportunity to customize their training according to their specific scientific interests.
Students may choose any of the HPI faculty, irrespective of departmental affiliation, for their research training. Particular areas of expertise within the research community include:
- bacterial gene regulation
- bacterial-host cell interactions
- diphtheria toxin entry
- viral-host cell interactions
- HIV transcription and replication
- biology of adaptive immune responses
- host defense and innate immune responses
- vaccine development
Please see the individual faculty research descriptions for a more complete picture of ongoing research programs.
Program Director: John R. Murphy, PhD
Department of Microbiology
Director of Graduate Studies: Gregory A. Viglianti, PhD