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Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology


The mission of the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology is to conduct high impact research that is relevant to human health and train the next generation of biomedical scientists and physicians who will advance our understanding of infection and immunity in ways that benefit humankind.

As one of six basic science departments in the School of Medicine, our Department contributes to the educational programs of the School of Medicine and the Graduate School and offers the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degree in Microbiology.

Our nationally recognized research programs, ranked in the Top 25 in NIH research funding among U.S. public medical schools, cover a variety of topics within the following themes:

  • microbial physiology and pathogenesis
  • virology
  • immunology and host defense

Funding also provides support for pre- and postdoctoral trainees and visiting scientists, as well as for hosting national and international researchers in the Microbiology seminar series.

We hope you find this website a useful portal to further information about life in the department, our graduate program as well as our research projects.

Thank you for visiting!

Michael J. Parmely, Chair

Last modified: Jun 02, 2014

11:00 a.m. 1027 Orr-Major, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bala Chandran, M.Sc. (Med), Ph.D., Professor & Chair,
Director, H.M. Bligh Cancer Research Laboratories,
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

"Sensing of Nuclear Replicating Herpes Viruses by Host Innate Immunity Nuclear Sensor IFI16 & Consequences"

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Congratulations to Dr. Joe Lutkenhaus, University Distinguished Professor, who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

New Grant Awards:
Wolfram Zueckert, R21 Al113547, Functional Domains of Borrelia Burgdorferi Virulence Factor OspC