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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
Dr. John Bethea
PISB 123.04
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD
Professor Emerita
Changes in immune response with increasing age, immune response to viruses, CD8 T cell response in virus infections