Immunology Laboratory

Assistant/Junior Faculty

This is a one or two year program that allows the successful candidate to function as a assistant/junior faculty member in the Immunology Laboratory. This laboratory evaluates samples from patients with a variety of immune-mediated conditions, i.e. autoimmunity, monoclonal gammopathy, transplantation, and infectious diseases. The assistant/junior faculty member will participate with other pathology faculty in interpreting, reporting and signing-out cases addressing immunoglobulin abnormalities. Overall, this position enhances education beyond a fellowship level since it is designed to provide advanced experience in clinical/diagnostic laboratory and teaching aspects of immune diseases. Research is an important component and strongly encouraged at both the experimental and clinical level in cytokine biology, transplantation, autoimmunity and tumor immunology. There is also potential for interdivisional collaboration in molecular oncology, immunopathology, neuropathology and immunohematology. Requirements: Board eligible in CP or in AP/CP. A Maryland medical license is required prior to starting date.

Pathology Residents

Clinical Pathology residents have a two-month rotation in the Immunology Laboratory. During this time, they will gain both a practical and theoretical knowledge of the performance and the interpretation of the various immunologic tests offered in this laboratory, which involves cases relating to monoclonal gammopathies, autoimmune conditions and the serological aspect of infectious disease states. In addition, residents have the opportunity to visit other Johns Hopkins Immunology laboratories, such as the HLA laboratory, the Immunodeficiency laboratory and the Allergy & Asthma laboratory. To complete the rotation, residents are exposed to and updated on new discoveries in Cytokine Biology, with emphasis on the clinical applications of cytokines, and given the opportunity to participate in cytokine research.

Medical Elective in Immunology

This clerkship is designed to review and teach clinical and technical aspects of medical laboratory Immunology. Students will rotate through the various Immunology laboratory areas including monoclonal protein evaluation, autoimmune testing and infectious disease serology. During this clerkship, students are exposed to a variety of immunologic tests, are instructed in the effective use and interpretation of these tests and are provided an opportunity to participate in evolving informatics for patient reporting. Translational research is an important component of the Immunology laboratory. This is evident in the Cytokine laboratory, the research arm of the Immunology service laboratory. Students are provided the opportunity to learn about new and exciting areas in Cytokine Biology. Cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules are evaluated at both the protein and gene expression levels, seen in a variety of clinical conditions.

ANA Clerkship

This clerkship emphasizes the role of the Immunology Laboratory in the diagnosis and management of autoimmune disease. Designed for third or fourth year medical students, the ANA Clerkship is often the student’s first exposure to clinical laboratory testing methods.

During the day-long clerkship, students observe methodologies used to detect auto-antibodies including ANA (antinuclear antibody), dsDNA (double stranded DNA) and ENA (extractable nuclear antigen) testing procedures which utilize the methodologies of EIA and indirect immuno-fluorescence. Students view automated technologies, observe slide preparation, engage in pattern interpretation and participate in didactic sessions, which, together, provide a well-rounded learning experience.

Allied Health Program

Medical Technology and Medical Laboratory Technician Programs Students in these undergraduate programs become familiar with testing methodologies performed in the Immunology Laboratory. We currently host students from the University of Maryland, the University of Delaware and Villa Julie College and, occasionally, those attending Morgan State University and Weber State University (online program).

Middle & High School Outreach

A unique outgrowth of the Allied Health Program is the outreach to area middle and high schools. Staff from the Immunology laboratory, as well as other Johns Hopkins Hospital laboratories, participate in programs to promote interest in the sciences at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle & Senior High Schools and Tench Tilghman Elementary School.

Specialized Rotations

Other rotations and/or laboratory observations are specifically tailored to meet the needs of Fellows, medical and laboratory students and visiting scientists and guests from all over the globe.

Immunology Faculty and staff participate in the following additional education endeavors:

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