Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
We are advancing understanding of the biology of disease and using this knowledge to solve enormous public health problems.
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What We Do in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
The mission of MMI is to advance fundamental knowledge of human pathogens, host-microbe interactions and arthropod vectors, develop interventions to improve public health, and train scientists to conduct rigorous, ethical research while embracing diversity, inclusion and the unique experiences of all department members.
We believe in the power of scientific discovery. Our diverse research programs and committed faculty offer students unparalleled opportunities in the laboratory, in the clinic, and in the field.
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Highlights
First in Immunology
Founded in 1916, ours was the first immunology department in the U.S.
Commitment to Diversity
We foster an environment that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable
Lab Science at Work
We have 24 working laboratories
The R3 program, led by Gundula Bosch, PhD, retrains students to be critical thinkers
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Programs
The 9-month MHS program includes a core curriculum focused on the biology, immunology, and transmission dynamics of major infectious diseases related to public health.
The 2-year ScM program gives students an understanding of infectious diseases guided by research experience in the laboratory or field.
The 5-year PhD program allows students to focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive infectious and immune diseases, the opportunity to take courses focused on a specific research area, and to benefit from lab rotations, mentored research, and professional development.
Centers and Institutes in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
We host five centers and institutes that advance our research initiatives.
J. Marie Hardwick, PhD
studies why neurons die prematurely and how to activate cell death programs in pathogenic microorganisms
Support Our Department
Philanthropic gifts enable the pursuit of important research that cannot be supported by federal funding and also support student and faculty fellowships.