Microbiology and Immunology

The Microbiology and Immunology Department is a community of biologists, virologists and immunologists focused on the study of the host’s interaction with foreign genomes along with inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. Researchers regularly explore the three main causes of death from infectious disease: HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. The department has a global perspective, with joint appointees conducting clinical trials in Haiti and Africa and forming international partnerships. Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and medical students can take advantage of one of seven graduate tracks, including the Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis. 


Research Reveals How a Common Bacterium May Spread from the Intestine

November 10, 2022

A typical gut bacterium that can spread through the body and cause a serious infection resists natural immune defenses and antibiotics by enhancing its protective outer layer,...
Study Reveals New Mode of Triggering Immune Responses

July 13, 2022

Small proteins, called chemokines, that direct immune cells toward sites of infection can also form DNA-bound nanoparticles that can induce chronic, dysfunctional immune responses...
T Cell Behavior Determines Which Tumors Respond to Treatment

May 9, 2022

Immunotherapy unleashes the power of the immune system to fight cancer. However, for some patients, immunotherapy doesn’t work, and new research may help explain why.