About Microbiology & Immunology

Professor and Student working in a lab

Microbiologists study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites colonize a host, evade the immune response, and elicit damage to the host. Immunologists study the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms by which the immune response defends the host using innate and adaptive immunity.

Collectively, we conduct research in microbial pathogenesis using the tools of molecular biology, genetic screens, cell culture, models of infection, molecular imaging, transgenic animals, and bioinformatics.

We are training the next generation of scientists. Ph.D students and postdoctoral fellows work side by side with principal investigators to test hypotheses of medical importance. Laboratory training is supplemented with rigorous coursework, seminar series, journal clubs, and presentation of research findings at national meetings.

Our faculty teach medical, dental, allied health, and undergraduate students. In addition, they serve locally to help conduct the work of the medical school and serve nationally in their respective professional organizations and on advisory boards of government panels. Faculty participate in peer review of manuscripts and grant applications for journals and funding agencies, respectively.

Faculty, postdocs, doctoral students, undergraduates, research staff, and the administrative support staff all work together to further our missions of conducting medical research, training the next generation of scientists, teaching the University’s student body, and serving the medical school, the scientific community and the public.