The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) pursues research and education that aims to advance the understanding of the biology of disease and to use this knowledge to solve public health problems.
Our large and diverse departmental community includes faculty, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral and master's students with research interests that encompass the important areas of parasitology, bacteriology, vector biology/medical entomology, virology, mycology, ecology and immunology. The department's operations are supported by a dedicated team of staff members who are facilitating our administrative activities.
Research takes place in the laboratory, the clinic and the field, and in educational settings, as we work to combat such enormous public health problems as COVID-19, malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, mosquito-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, measles, dengue, AIDS and autoimmune diseases.
As a Department, we are committed to providing outstanding training toward understanding infectious disease processes at all levels, from the population through organismal, tissue, cellular and molecular aspects of public health biology. Our programs seeks to equip our trainees with the diverse disciplinary concepts and methodological tools needed to address critical biological issues underlying a broad range of infectious and immunologic diseases of public health importance.