Immunology & Microbial Disease

Focused on understanding and fighting disease

Immunology Research Program

The Department of Immunology & Microbial Disease emphasizes the study of infectious disease pathogenesis and protection. The emergence of new pathogens, the increasing development of drug resistance, and the threat of bioterrorism have combined to create an increased demand for investigations into disease mechanisms. Specialized research areas within the department include immunology, vaccines, and microbial pathogenesis. Our faculty study host-pathogen interactions of infectious agents such as Aspergillus, Yersinia pestis, hepatitis B, tick-borne bacteria, HIV-1, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Zika, and pneumococci.

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Graduate Programs in Immunology

Our med students, MS candidates, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral fellows work with scientists at the forefront of biomedical research. Specialized areas also include immunology, microbial and viral pathogenesis, and molecular mechanisms responsible for human disease. Learn more.

Dr. Kouacou Konan of the Department of Immunology and Microbial Disease working in the lab
Michael D. Robek, PhD
We have facilities here that no one else in the region does. Because of these resources, we’re awarded grants and can study new viruses like SARS-CoV-2.”
Michael Robek, PhDDepartment Chair