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Promoting Innovation Through Collaboration

Research and training focused on diagnosis, treatment, prevention and clinical management of infectious disease, cancer, and metabolic and genetic disorders.

The Drexel University College of Medicine Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease is a collaborative inter-campus enterprise focused on research, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and clinical management of infectious disease, cancer, and metabolic and genetic disorders.

The institute guides the development of collaborative research programs that will be competitive for extramural research and training support. The institute also provides an organized framework to guide the development of inter-campus, inter-college and inter-unit research initiatives across the College.


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Speaker Jeffrey Lapides presenting 'Identifying Predictive Patterns in  Microbiome and Genomic Data Using Discrete Classification Mathematics'

Dr. Lapides Presents Research on Discrete Classification Mathematics

August 28, 2019: Garth Ehrlich, PhD, hosted Jeffrey Lapides, PhD, at that day’s IMMID research seminar. Dr. Lapides presented his research, “Identifying Predictive Patterns in Microbiome and Genomic Data Using Discrete Classification Mathematics” at that day’s IMMID research seminar. Dr. Lapides, founder and managing director of Lapides Consulting, uses machine learning techniques, predictive analytics and visualization methods to support health care and other organizations seeking to advance how they manage and market.


Mobile game Malaria Invasion™ provides a close look at how the malaria parasite Plasmodium infects red blood cells, available now on iTunes App Store

August 26, 2019: Malaria Invasion, the latest educational mobile game produced by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine is available for free download from iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad users, and in the Google Play Store for Android devices. The mobile game is intended to be a supplementary tool to teach university students, in particular graduate students and research trainees in infectious disease, about the molecular mechanisms of disease in malaria. Read more.


What Makes Lyme Tick

August 2019: Lying inside a freezer in Drexel’s College of Medicine are 500 dead, mourned by no one. The deer ticks, dog ticks, lone star ticks and other tiny parasites in the diminutive morgue traveled from nearly every state in the country to reach this resting place. They arrived in baggies or cookie tins or what-have-you, scooped from meadows and forests by helpful volunteers responding to a “call for specimens” on Drexel’s website that was posted by Kayla Socarrás, a doctoral student studying microbiology and immunology. Each tick contains multitudes of smaller organisms — a grab-bag of the pathogenic bacteria that make tick bites so hazardous. Read more.


Malaria Invasion Receives Gold Medal

June 14, 2019: Congratulations to the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease, whose game Malaria Invasion was awarded a gold medal by the 2019 International Serious Play Award program! Dr. Mary Ann Comunale, creative director, and Dr. Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann, project director, will be traveling to the Serious Play Conference, where they will present game-based learning research and accept the award. John Harvey, a co-op student hired by the Institute and funded in part by the Steinbright Career Development Center, shares in the award as part of the game design team and game developer. John is currently a senior in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design program.


Kayla Socarras Presents at PA Lyme Resource Network

January 28, 2019: PhD candidate Kayla Socarrás presented her research regarding Lyme disease at the PA Lyme Resource Network of Montgomery County. Kayla met with participants following the meeting to answer additional questions and talk more about her findings.

Kayla Socarras at PA Lyme Resource Network
Kayla Socarras (right) discussing her research with attendees at the PA Lyme Resource Network meeting.


Students Present at Discovery Day

October 23, 2018: Students in the Beld, Ma and Mell Labs, including graduate students Danielle Piazza, Haley Majer, Amanda Platt, Breanna Tyrell, Kristen Buenconsejo, Tucker Collins (mentored by Sandhya Kortagere) and medical student Nga Ying Eng, presented posters at Discovery Day in the Philadelphia Convention Center. Kristen Buenconsejo won a Junior Graduate Student Poster award for her poster, "The Significance of Secondary Metabolism on the Predatory Behavior of Myxococcus fulvus."

Discovery Day is an all-day annual event of intellectual pursuit and discovery, which is organized to celebrate the basic and clinical research accomplishments of the graduate, medical and undergraduate students, clinical research coordinators, postdoctoral fellows, and residents and fellows affiliated with the College of Medicine.

Danielle R. Piazza, PhD candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics, presenting 'Dissecting Mechanisms of Variation of Genome Wide Transportation in Haemophilus influenzae,' 2018 Discovery Day
Danielle R. Piazza presenting "Dissecting Mechanisms of Variation of Genome Wide Transportation in Haemophilus influenzae" at Discovery Day
Kristen Buenconsejo with her award-winning poster, 'The Significance of Secondary Metabolism on the Predatory Behavior of Myxococcus fulvus'
Kristen Buenconsejo with her award-winning poster, "The Significance of Secondary Metabolism on the Predatory Behavior of Myxococcus fulvus" at Discovery Day

Donald J. Hall, PhD candidate, presenting 'JEKMag Tech: High Throughput Technology to Grow and Assess Bacterial Biofilm Sensitivity to New Drugs' at the 2108 ASM Conference

Donald Hall Presents at ASM Conference

October 7 – 11, 2018: Donald C. Hall Jr., PhD candidate in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Chemistry, presented his poster entitled "JEKMag Tech: High Throughput Technology to Grow and Assess Bacterial Biofilm Sensitivity to New Drugs" at the 2018 American Society for Microbiology Conference on Biofilms in Washington, D.C.

The conference provided an interdisciplinary platform to discuss the latest biofilm research. Topics included the molecular basis and regulation of biofilm formation, biofilms in natural and industrial systems, diagnosis and study of clinically-relevant biofilms, and emerging technologies and their application to biofilms.


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Brian Wigdahl, PhD

Brian Wigdahl, PhD
Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease