Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
We are advancing understanding of the biology of disease and using this knowledge to solve enormous public health problems.
Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD, professor in the department of molecular microbiology and immunology (MMI) has been named the recipient of the 2021 Shikani El-Hibri Prize.
The researchers showed that convalescent plasma reduced the need for hospitalization by half for outpatients with COVID-19 who participated in the study.
What We Do
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.
First in Immunology
Founded in 1916, ours was the first immunology department in the U.S.
Lab Science at Work
24 MMI tenure-track faculty have working laboratories.
Professor J. Marie Hardwick studies cell suicide functions.
Melanin Samples in Space
We recently worked with NASA to send melanin samples to space.
Centers and Institutes
We host five centers and institutes that advance our research initiatives.
Kimberly Davis, PhD, MSc,
studies how members of a bacterial population change during infection, to identify strategies to more effectively combat infections.
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.