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Prospective Students

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology administers six educational programs. Learn more about our programs.



We offer cutting-edge research programs in the areas of Autoimmune Disease, Biodefense, Cancer, Cell Biology, Genetics, Vaccine Biology, and HIV/AIDS.

Microbiology and 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.

Affiliated Centers & Programs

Department Highlights

  • 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.


Upcoming Event

3rd Immune Imaging Symposium, November 4th, 2017

Upcoming Seminar

"Mechanisms of Myeloid Cell Dysfunction in Neoplastic Disease"

Dr. Scott Abrams
Department of Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Monday, November 20, 2017
MC  Upper Auditorium (Room 3-7619)

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