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This is an exciting and rewarding time to begin a career in biomedical research. The pace of scientific discovery is breathtaking. Endless opportunities exist for our graduates as they begin their careers.

Extraordinary research opportunities are available within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and collaborative research units including the Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine in the areas of:

  • Immunology
  • Molecular and human genetics
  • Virology
  • Malarial and bacterial pathogenesis
  • Emerging disease and biodefense
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Experimental therapeutics and diagnostics
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer biology

Continued advances in technology and collaborative interdisciplinary research between basic and clinical scientists will be the key to innovation and new discovery in the next decade. Research conducted within the department will be of tremendous importance to the growing national and international health care needs.

We are committed to understanding molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases within the human population and the development of strategies to prevent and/or treat these acute, chronic, and latent infectious diseases.

The research programs of our faculty are funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more information on individual faculty members, their research interests, and training opportunities offered by our outstanding faculty, please explore the department's web page through the links at the left.

Meet Our Faculty - Joris Beld, PhD

Joris Beld, PhD "My lab is interested in natural products. In other words, we're interested in molecules that we get from nature. If you go to a hospital and you look at the list of drugs they prescribe to patients, you'll find that roughly 75 percent of those are derived from natural products. Those drugs are not something that chemists have invented. They're made from molecules that we've borrowed from nature."

Read more from Dr. Beld

News and Announcements

2017 Golden Apple Awards

The Golden Apple Awards recognize excellence in teaching and outstanding service by faculty and staff of Drexel University College of Medicine.

Genomics Reveal How Bacteria Evolve in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Scientists have made new headway in understanding how a deadly pathogen evolves during chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. "By looking at changes in the genome over time, we were able to see patterns — common themes that help us to better understand how this particular species evolves in its environment and how CF patients become chronically infected," said study co-corresponding author Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Drexel Now (March 21, 2017)

2017 CURE Awardees

The following faculty members were the recipients of 2017 CURE grant awards:

  • Joris Beld, PhD (co-investigator): Mechanisms of Olfactory Hypersensitivity in Fragile X Syndrome
  • Joris Beld, PhD (investigator) and Amy Ma, PhD (co-investigator): How Bacteria Utilize Environmental Fatty Acids
  • Laura Steel, PhD (co-investigator): A Novel In Vitro 3D Liver Sinusoid Model for Hepatitis B Virus Studies

See all 2017 CURE awardees.

Suresh G. Joshi, MD, PhD, Is Recognized and Elected as Fellow to Infectious Diseases Society

The nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), recognizes the distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world, and the board of directors elects them as fellows to IDSA. This fellowship honors those nationals and internationals that have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession through practice, education, mentoring and research in infectious diseases, medical microbiology and public health. On August 10, 2016, Dr. Joshi’s contribution over the past 28 years and the services rendered in this field has been recognized by IDSA. Dr. Joshi is a research assistant professor in the Departments of Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology, and an adjunct professor at the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute, as well as Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems.

In the Media

"How to Check for Ticks"
Related Faculty: Garth Ehrlich, PhD
KYW-TV (CBS-3) (May 24, 2016)

"The Death-Knell of Malaria Parasites: Too Much Cholesterol"
Related Faculty: Akhil Vaidya, PhD
Philly Voice (May 26, 2016)

Brian Wigdahl, PhD, Chair, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease

Brian Wigdahl, PhD
Chair, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease