Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology

The mission of the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology is to conduct high impact research that is relevant to human health and train the next generation of biomedical scientists and physicians who will advance our understanding of infection and immunity in ways that benefit humankind.

Our nationally recognized research programs, highly supported by NIH research funding, cover a variety of topics within the following themes:

  • microbial physiology and pathogenesis
  • virology
  • immunology and host defense

Funding also provides support for pre- and postdoctoral trainees and visiting scientists, as well as for hosting national and international researchers in the Microbiology seminar series.