A primary component of the Department’s bacteriology research focuses on the resurgence of tuberculosis, particularly the emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis as a major public health problem.
From MMI's early pioneering work on vaccination and the immune responses to pneumococcus, typhoid, streptococcus, diphtheria and malaria, our faculty carry on the tradition of applying modern immunological approaches to major public health issues.
Insect vectors are critical components of the life cycle of many newly emerging and pandemic infections in the world today. MMI pursues research addressing the population biology of mosquito disease vectors and their molecular interaction with human pathogens such as the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria and the virus that causes dengue.
The department's mycology program has a major focus on Cryptococcus neoformans, a ubiquitous environmental microbe frequently affects individuals with impaired immunity.
The Department is committed to work on the public health relevance of parasites as well as the molecular biology and clinical significance of parasitic infections. A major research effort focuses on the protozoan parasites causing malaria and toxoplasmosis.