Grad School Search

Anton Scott Goustin asg at
Thu Jun 8 21:18:59 EST 1995

I don't know exactly what you are looking for, and how you look on paper 
(GPA, GRE scores, etc).

Boston is a mecca for immunology and molecular biology.  You can't go 
wrong with David Baltimore, 1975 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and 
Physiology.  He's not exactly an immunologist, but he is penetrating 
some of the fundamental questions, such as the molecular basis of B 
lymphocyte development and the mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis.  He 
discovered NFkappaB, for example, a transcription factor critical to the 
immune system (look at his mouse KO paper is the January 27 issue of 
Cell) and to the control of HIV-1 replication.  He spent most of his 
career at MIT in Cambridge (across the Charles River from Boston), 
although he spent a recent brief period as President of Rockefeller 
University in New York.  He is now back at MIT.  It's a wonderful 
intellectual environment, close to the ³real Harvard² (i.e., not the 
Harvard Medical School, in Boston).  You may contact him at 
baltimo at

Chicago is a nice town, too.  The University of Chicago is superb, and 
is the home of Ursula Storb.  She is asking fundamental questions about 
the molecular switches regulating lymphocyte development.  You may 
contact her at stor at

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is also an excellent place for 
immunology.  George Shaw and Beatrice Hahn are excellent on HIV-1 
molecular biology and AIDS pathogenesis.  I don't have an E-mail, but 
you can call Shaw at the UAB AIDS Center, (205) 934-1567.

If you are interested in HIV/AIDS, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research 
Center in New York City is a top choice, with its affiliation with the 
medical school at NYU.  It is in Manhattan.  David Ho is its director, 
and can be reached at (212) 725-0018.  Ho is clever, and has collected 
around him an excellent group of faculty at the Assistant and Associate 
Professor level.

I can't say that my institution ranks with those I've mentioned, but 
there are good people here at Wayne State University as well.  It is 
situated in Detroit, a large metropolis with a distinct international 
flavor due to its location juxtaposed to Canada and its large numbers of 
immigrant groups, for example, most recently from the Middle East.  
There is an excellent Department of Immunology-Microbiology with true 
immunologists such as Harley Tse and sort-of-immunologists like myself.  
The University has recently recruited William Peters from Duke 
University to head the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the affiliated 
Michigan Cancer Foundation.  Other new faculty are Fayth Yoshimura 
(coming from University of Washington, Seattle) and Anne Galy (coming 
from Systemix, Palo Alto, CA).  There is a rather new Center for 
Molecular Medicine and Genetics, which you can contact at 
apply at  There is also an excellent and well-funded 
group at the Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, the research 
arm of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  If you want to 
study the development of the HUMAN immune system, this is a good 

These are just a few of the many places.  I haven't even mentioned 
places outside USA, but the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia 
comes to mind...superb.

Good luck.
Anton Scott Goustin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University,
Detroit, MI  48202-3917 USA.

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