Microbiology & Immunology

Training the next generation of scientists.

In Microbiology & Immunology, graduate 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. Learn more about our excellent education programs.

Helping prevent infectious disease.

Focusing on microbial pathogenesis, our faculty members study the nature and function of microbial pathogens and immune cells, as well their interactions.  Our research expands the knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, informing treatment and prevention strategies. Learn more about our areas of research.


March 6, 2017

Drs. Scott Larsen and Vernon Carruthers' Collaboration Earns NIH Support

Scott Larsen, PhD, Joseph Burckhalter Collegiate Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, and Director of the Vahlteich Medicinal Chemistry Core, and Vernon Carruthers, PhD, professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, were awarded over $420,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funds comprise the R21 phase of an R21/R33 award that will support the discovery and development of new therapeutics for eukaryotic pathogens.