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.
Chaired by Dennis J. O’Callaghan, PhD, the department is experiencing an unprecedented expansion, including the addition of new faculty members, the doubling of our postdoctoral program, the award of more than $18 million by an NIH grant to establish and maintain the Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, and the growth of our nationally recognized training program for graduate students.