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Microbiology & Immunology

Transmission electron micrograph of cultured Pseudomonas-like bacteria, symbiotic residents of Cephalotes ants for over 40 million years. Photo credit: John Wertz.

Microbiology research focuses on free-living and symbiotic bacteria, with a focus on understanding their metabolism, interactions, community composition, and the genes underlying microbial function. Immune responses to viral pathogens are also studied in mammalian systems, as are the mechanisms of autoimmune disorders and the impacts of aging on adaptive immunity.

Faculty Conducting Research in Microbiology and Immunology

Contact Specialization
Shivanthi Anandan, Phi
Associate Professor
PISB 320
anandans@drexel.edu
My research program uses molecular genetic and classical microbial genetics to study signal transduction pathways in marine and freshwater cyanobacteria.
Dr. John Bethea
Department Head, Professor
PISB 123.04
jrb445@drexel.edu
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD
Dean College of Arts and Sciences; Professor
4020 MacAlister Hall
donna.murasko@drexel.edu
Changes in immune response with increasing age, immune response to viruses, CD8 T cell response in virus infections