The mission of the Department of Microbiology and
Immunology is:
  • To prepare future physicians to provide excellent care to patients
  • To train graduate students to perform and interpret scientific studies
  • To conduct research to advance understanding of the world of microbiology and immunology
Our faculty members maintain NIH-funded research programs directed at understanding important issues related to viruses, bacteria, and the immune system. Our graduate program has successfully trained scientists that have gone on to independent careers in academics, industry, and government. The department also hosts the Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, supported by a $22.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, which supports virus research and promotes collaborative efforts to train the next generation of virus researchers.