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.
- The department is home to the only NIH-funded Respiratory Pathogens Research Center in the country
- The department is home to a NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research
- One of our graduate students was the co-inventor of the technology behind the current HPV vaccine
- Our past students currently occupy leadership positions in academia, the biotech industry and the government.
- The University of Rochester was ranked among the top 10 best places to work for scientists in the Life Sciences.
Affiliated Centers & Programs
- Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST)
- Center for AIDS Research
- Center for Oral Biology
- David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology & Immunology