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Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

The Department values integrity in teaching and learning, the responsible conduct of research and other academic activities, a safe workplace and the contributions of all individuals toward our shared mission.


We are pleased you chose to visit our online home and hope you find this site to be a rich source of useful information about the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology. As you can see by our mission and values statements, we take seriously our commitment to discovery and training as it impacts the future of health care. We invite you to consider joining our team of scientists, either as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or member of our faculty or staff. Microbiology and Immunology are exciting and rewarding career fields that we are anxious to introduce to you. Thanks again for visiting.

Michael J. Parmely


Last modified: Mar 17, 2015

Microbiology Among Top Performing Areas on USMLE Step 1

One measure of the success of our educational programs is the performance of our students on their national licensure examinations. For the medical student class that took their USMLE Step 1 Examination in the Spring of 2014, microbiology and immunology were two of the top three performing disciplines among 24 different examination subject areas. Congratulations to module directors Dr. Wolf Zueckert and Dr. Tom Yankee and the entire teaching staff for developing and delivering such effective instruction in our medical education program.

Dr. Maria Kalamvoki has accepted our invitation to join the Faculty of the Department as Assistant Professor beginning in July.  Maria brings research expertise in the area of herpesviruses and will be a strong addition to our virology group.

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

Watch for our new Master's of Science professional degree program that is under construction and should be available for enrollment by the Fall of 2015.

New Grant Awards:
Drs. Mary Markiewicz & Neekun Sharma have been selected as recipients of a 2015 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Careers in Immunology Fellowship. 



11:00 a.m. 1025 Orr-Major, unless otherwise noted.

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