About the Department
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Immunology and Microbiology merged in January 2017 to form the new Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry.
While we build a unified website, information about our programs, students, staff, and faculty will remain available at our legacy websites:
The Department of Immunology and Microbiology serves our community, state, nation, and the world by applying the disciplines of Immunology and Microbiology to improving health and wellness for all members of our society, including historically underserved populations.
We provide high quality biomedical scientific education and opportunities to perform pioneering research. This enables our diverse student body of college undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars to develop into scientific leaders in the international biomedical arena.
In addition to developing a high level of expertise in the discipline in which their doctoral research is focused, graduates from the program have a broad understanding of the disciplines Bacteriology, Immunology, and Virology, and their interrelationships.
Our students learn how to work independently and collaboratively on complex multidisciplinary biomedical problems, in the context of high standards in research and scholarship. Our educational programs facilitate development of critical skills such as experimental design, robust application of classical and modern methods, data analysis, performing research in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and preparation of data for written and oral presentation in high-quality venues.
- Dr. Vera Fay Righthand’s Legacy Continues through Philanthropy
- Dr. Jeffrey Withey NIH RO1 grant
- Dr. Kevin Theis co-authored articles about the principles of hologenomes in PLoS Biology and mSystems (the new ASM systems biology journal).
- PhD student William L. Close received award for poster presentation "Generating a Roadmap of Human Cytomegalovirus Egress"