Microbiologists study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites colonize a host, evade the immune response, and elicit damage to the host. Immunologists study the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms by which the immune response defends the host using innate and adaptive immunity.Research in the Department focuses on microbial pathogenesis. We strive to understand the mechanisms by which viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites elicit pathogenesis in the infected host. Conversely, we also investigate the pathways by which the host immune response endeavors to overcome these infections.
Courses in Microbiology and Immunology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the Medical School.