T32 Training Program in Neuroimmunology

About The Neuroimmunology Training Program (NITP) formally brings together faculty members from across the neuroimmunology research spectrum to participate in mentorship and program-wide activities to share expertise and further develop the neuroimmunology field. Neuroimmunology is a rapidly growing field of research that touches a number of critical human diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, and viral encephalopathies. Traditionally, researchers have been trained in either neuroscience or immunology, whereas the NITP seeks to develop and train the next generation of researchers in both fields with a cross-disciplinary approach focused on the interplay between the immune and nervous systems during disease.

The NITP offers programming to enhance the quality of research and mentoring experiences of trainees and set them up for career success. The program provides an outstanding opportunity for trainees to develop intellectually, advance and optimize their thesis research projects, create a valuable network of colleagues, and prepare for a highly successful research career focused on the crossroads of immunology and neuroscience. NIH Award Number

Grant Period
July 1, 2022 – Present Participating Schools
School of Biological Sciences
Samueli School of Engineering
School of Medicine  Principal Investigator Thomas Lane, PhD

Chancellor’s Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences Director, Center for Virus Research Principal Investigator Kim Green, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences Training and Skills


  • “Advanced Topics in Neuroimmunology”


  • Technique Workshops in Neuroimmunology
  • NINDS T32 Program Workshop


  • NITP Retreat
  • NITP Discussion Forum
  • Neuroimmunology Journal Club
  • Institute of Immunology Research Fair
  • REMIND Emerging Leaders Symposium

Eligibility and Application Process The ideal candidate should show an excellent record of productivity and great promise for pursuing research related to successful neuroimmunology-related research topics. The research can encompass molecular and cellular approaches using in vitro and in vivo studies with multidisciplinary approaches preferred.

Graduate students must have completed the first 2 years of their graduate program prior to the start of the training grant position and be in good academic standing to be considered. To be eligible for support, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident.

Each nomination package should include:

  1. Letter of nomination from mentor (1-2 pages)
  2. Summary of the research project, to be completed by the student (maximum of 2 pages, not including references)
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts of the student (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  4. NIH biosketch of applicant and mentor (maximum of 5 pages)

The application deadline is June 20 of each year.