As a community rooted in science, facts and critical thinking, we must raise a collective voice against the injustices and violence aimed at African-Americans and people of color across the country
- Arturo CasadevallRead the full statement
Noel Rose, MD, PhD, a longtime JHSPH faculty member recognized as a father of autoimmune disease research, died July 30, 2020. Dr. Rose joined Johns Hopkins in 1982 as chair of what is now the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.Read the Dean's statement
MMI's R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education (R3ISE) is launching novel graduate science programs and workshops that emphasize critically-creative thinking, advanced communication and orientation on the "3R's" of good scientific practice (Rigor, Reproducibility & Responsibility) in graduate and post-graduate training.Learn More
Our research activities span from early, pioneering work on vaccination and immune responses to pneumococcus, typhoid and streptococcus to groundbreaking approaches in the autoimmune and malaria fields, and recently the application of convalescent plasma in the global COVID-19 pandemic.Learn More
MMI’s bacteriology research includes investigations on how individual bacterial cells within a population contribute to disease, and to determine how to develop more effective therapeutics to target these populations.Learn More
The Department’s virology program brings together researchers with specializations in Influenza, Measles, Dengue, Zika or HIV-AIDS. With a current focus on the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2, MMI is positioned at the forefront of the JHSPH COVID19 response.Learn More
MMI researchers explore 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.Learn More
MMI is committed to work that addresses the public health relevance of parasites, as well as the molecular biology and clinical significance of parasitic infections. A major research effort is focused on the protozoan parasites that cause malaria and toxoplasmosis.Learn More
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) integrates many disciplines concerned with the study of the transmission, immunobiology and pathogenesis of bacterial, parasitic, viral, immunological and infectious diseases of public health importance. Research is at the population, organismal, cellular and molecular levels.
The central premise of this broad approach to the study of disease is that public health problems can best be addressed by understanding basic biological mechanisms. Our research aims to advance the understanding of the biology of disease and to use this knowledge to solve public health problems. Research takes place in the laboratory, in the clinic and in the field, as the faculty work to combat such enormous public health problems as malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, mosquito-borne encephalitis, lyme disease, tuberculosis, diarrhea, measles, AIDS and autoimmune diseases.
The Department is continually evolving to meet new research opportunities and the changing needs of public health. We remain committed to the conviction of the School’s founder William Henry Welch: Future success in public health and preventive medicine must rest on a firm base of scientific discovery.
MMI offers three graduate degrees for students interested in issues underlying infectious and immunologic diseases: the research-based PhD and ScM programs, and the MHS degree.