The research activities at the IRB focus on immunology, with emphasis on human immunology. In addition, the institute hosts researchers active in the fields of DNA repair, rare diseases, structural and cell biology.
Scientists at the IRB pursue their investigations by using a variety of state-of-the-art technical approaches, for which the IRB provides all necessary high-end technical platforms. The scientific equipment available at the IRB enables top-notch investigations and attracts international collaborations.
The Institute furthermore offers training opportunities for young researchers at all levels (Master’s, PhD, MD-PhD, Dr. med. and Postdoctoral) through USI and other Swiss and foreign Universities.
The IRB provides high-level scientific education both for undergraduate students in the form of short stages and experimental master thesis, as well as for graduate students.
The PhD program is carried out in collaboration with Swiss and foreign universities.
The experimental work is carried out at IRB under the direct supervision of a Group Leader. The program includes seminars, lessons, summer courses and an annual retreat.
An International Lecture Course is organized every year as part of the IRB International PhD Program in Immunology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry.
Lectures are given by visiting experts with international reputations. Currently the IRB has 30 students. Since the beginning of the program 110 PhD theses have been successfully defended.
The current PhD program coordinator is Dr. Silvia Monticelli.
The PhD program is made possible through the generosity of the Gustav & Ruth Jacob Foundation.
Group leaders of the IRB organize and teach theoretical and practical courses on topics mostly related to immunology. The courses are open to students at USI and other Universities. Swiss and foreign Universities recognize participation to these courses by awarding students with credits.
The IRB offers, in collaboration with USI and other Universities, the possibility to perform the practical part of the Master’s thesis in one of its research groups. Depending on the home University, students join laboratories of the IRB for 6-12 months.