Microbiology involves the study of microorganisms and the pathogenesis of the diseases that they cause. Immunology involves the study of the immune response to these microorganisms, as well as the immune response to altered-self (antitumor responses and autoimmune disorders). The two fields are closely linked and are often difficult to distinguish. Microbiology and Immunology are involved in many disease processes. Our times are unique for studying Microbiology and Immunology and biomedical sciences in general. Recent technological advances have revolutionized Microbiology and Immunology, with a very significant impact on our understanding of these areas and the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a number of life threatening diseases.
All research faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology participate in the new interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. The research of the faculty is in the frontier of several areas of Microbiology and Immunology. This has been recognized in various ways, including the award to the faculty of substantial peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies, and the appointment of members of the faculty to many study sections, national and international committees and editorial boards.