Department of Microbiology & Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is focused on research and educational programs which relate to microbial pathogens (viruses and prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes) and the host immune defenses which protect against these organisms. Current research emphasizes cutting-edge molecular techniques and includes, but is not limited to, studies on: autoimmunity, biodefense, bioinformatics, biofilms, cancer biology, gene therapy, genetics and genomics, HIV/AIDS, immunologic mechanisms, respiratory pathogens (including influenza) and vaccine development.


MBI is committed to advancing innovative research in immunology, microbiology and virology, collectively spanning key aspects of the host-pathogen interface.  These research programs are designed to foster cutting-edge training experiences for students at all collegiate levels, in preparation for careers in academia, industry and teaching.  We invite you to navigate the MBI website to learn more.