In the Department of Microbiology, our research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying microbial infection and the host immune response. Our faculty investigate a number of areas integral to these topics that can be loosely grouped under the research themes of bacterial genetics, virus molecular biology, parasitology, host-pathogen interactions, and immunology. We are supported by research grants from federal and non-federal sources, and our research groups consistently publish in the highest-ranking journals of our fields. Our research benefits from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and a strong network of collaborative links with faculty in other disciplines, including chemistry, structural biology, and medicine. In addition, with a number of Microbiology faculty holding joint appointments in the newly constructed National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), we will soon be in the distinctive position of being able to extend our research into rare but highly pathogenic organisms, such as the Ebola and Marburg viruses and anthrax.

Academic Programs

The faculty of the Department of Microbiology have a strong tradition of participation in intensive graduate and post-graduate education. Currently, the Department of Microbiology participates in two interdepartmental PhD graduate training programs: the Immunology Training Program and the Host-Pathogen Interactions Training Program. In addition to faculty in the Department of Microbiology, faculty in a variety of departments within the Medical Center participate in these programs, including faculty in various sections of the Medicine, Pathology, and Biochemistry departments, as well as departments in the School of Public Health and the dental school. Our goal is to provide rigorous training to exceptional students in a supportive and collaborative environment and to prepare them for a career in research science. Students in these graduate programs participate in formal coursework, seminars, and journal clubs, and directed research in the broad fields of microbiology and immunology, including focuses in host-pathogen interactions, immune regulation, molecular virology, and prokaryotic molecular biology.

Questions? Contact Director of Graduate Studies Gregory Viglianti.