Immunology is the study of the cells and molecules that together render the body immune to infection and possibly cancer. It is such a wide-ranging area of research that the term Immunobiology was specifically chosen for the Department. Our faculty's research combines investigations into improving immune surveillance with studies of the "immune system gone wrong" in autoimmune diseases.
The Department collaborated with its sister Department of Infectious Diseases to form the Programme in Infection and Immunity (PII) whose modern laboratory facilities were opened in 2004 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Department's faculty utilises a spectrum of approaches ranging from highly reductionist molecular systems to direct clinical trails.