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Research Programs

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.  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.

Research in the Center focuses on the following areas:

Molecular and Cellular Immunology

  • Molecular and cellular immunology of lymphocytes
  • Molecular aspects of macrophage physiology
  • Dendritic cell biology
  • Microbial immunity
  • Induction and resolution of inflammation
  • Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Translational studies in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Molecular and Biochemical Microbiology

  • Virulence factors and microbial pathogenesis
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Molecular biology of viruses
  • Bacterial and viral immune evasion mechanisms
  • Architecture and physiology of bacterial biofilms
  • Microbiome analysis