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Perceptions of Lyme Disease Testing Survey

The College of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology is seeking adults, age 18 and older, for a research study about the perceptions of Lyme disease testing. Please participate by taking a quick, anonymous survey here.

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.

Upcoming and Past Events

Microbes & Alzheimer’s: Bridging Silos to Accelerate Innovation

Saturday, July 27, 2024
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Attendees will:

  • Gain a historical view of microbe-AD research over the last 30+ years
  • Understand current state of the evidence on various microbes associated with Dementia/AD
  • Explore the potential role of microbial dysbiosis; the gut, the brain and beyond
  • Glean neuro-immune and host factors that relate to microbial/dysbiotic pathogenesis
  • Explore microbiome identification and characterizations: limitations and opportunities
  • Discover diagnostic and drug development implications and strategies

Learn more or register.

4th Annual Immune Modulation and Engineering Symposium

December 7 - 9, 2022 - The only conference dedicated to convergent research in translational immunology and engineering. Our mission is to bring together researchers and leaders from academia, industry, medicine, and government, and to leverage diversity in background, ideas, perspectives, expertise, and approaches, to advance understanding, modulation, and engineering of the immune system for the betterment of human health. Learn more.

Workshop Series on Molecular and Translational Medicine

Check back for the 2021 dates for the Workshop Series on Molecular and Translational Medicine. Learn more.

Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease Seminars

The current semester's research seminar schedule is now available. Learn more.

News and Announcements

“Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Research Consortium: Committed to Changing the Cancer Landscape in Philadelphia”

Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University are longtime allies in the fight against cancer. That partnership was formalized in 2013 as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) Research Consortium, a relationship that was reinvigorated in 2021, in preparation for the center’s application to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Read more. (Pulse Spring 2024)

Alumni News

Congratulations to MS in Biomedicine and Business alumna Hilary Schultz, for being featured in the Top 100 Innovators & Entrepreneurs magazine as their cover story.

College of Medicine Team Creates Award-Winning Educational Game

An educational game designed by a team from the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine recently took home a silver medal from the International Serious Play Awards competition in Toronto, Canada. Read more.

ILADEF Neil Spector Award

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society presented the Neil Spector Award to PhD candidate Ben Haslund-Gourley at the 2023 ILADS scientific conference. This award is given to the best scientific presentation of the conference. Ben presented two talks: Immunoglobulin N-Glycans Role in Diagnosing Lyme Disease and Immunoglobulins N-glycans Impair Host Response to Lyme Disease. Ben’s win is the second consecutive win for a Drexel Microbiology & Immunology program. Graduate student Kayla Socarras was awarded the honor in 2022. Prior to the past two years, awardees have been senior investigators with international reputations. Ben is mentored by Dr. Mary Ann Comunale in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

VOA Burmese Profile

Michiko Thwe, biomedical engineering PhD candidate, was interviewed about their research in Alzheimer's Disease by VOA Burmese. Watch video on YouTube at (အယ်လ်ဇိုင်းမားရောဂါ သုသေသနပြုစုနေသူ).

Van Duuren Fulbright Travel Grant

Keziah Adjei, Molecular Medicine program student, was awarded a Van Duuren Fulbright travel grant to attend America Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) conference in Chicago from October 18 to 22, 2023. Adjei was one of only four recipients this year of this award which provides funds for travel‐related educational expenses to select Fulbrighters studying in the fields of sciences and public health. The America Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, foundations, government, not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, the military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.

CRISPR Cutout™ Game Wins Silver Medal

CRISPR Cutout™

The CRISPR Cutout™ game was awarded a silver medal at the 2023 International Serious Play Award competition in Toronto, Canada. CRISPR Cutout™ is the fourth in a series of mobile educational games developed by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease. CRISPR Cutout™ introduces the molecular mechanisms of a cutting-edge genome editing technology called clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR. Players create a gene-editing tool to use in a cell to cut out a sequence of HIV DNA. Learn more about CRISPR Cutout™.

Student News

Congratulations to PhD/MD student Benjamin Haslund-Gourley, who was awarded the Goldie Simon Preceptorship Award to complete a summer project examining the glycosylation of autoantibodies associated with Lupus entitled, "High-Throughput Method to Identify Lupus-Specific Autoantibody Glycosylation." Benjamin will present his findings this September.

Congratulations to MS in Molecular Medicine student and Fulbright Foreign Program awardee Keziah Adjei on recently having her P.E.O. Peace Scholarship renewed.

2023 SFAF Genomics Conference

Angelina Wang gave a plenary session talk on CGS trans-pan-domain assay at the SFAF Genomics Conference in Santa Fe, NM, June 8, 2023. Angelina is a receipient of the CREATE "Community Research Education And Tutoring Experience" award. Reciepients work with faculty, staff and graduate students within the Center for Genomic Sciences, the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing and the Center for Surgical Infections and Biofilms to develop and execute a research program. Angelina was mentored by Michiko Thwe, Felicity Tso and Bhaswati Sen, PhD.

2023 Golden Apple Award Winners Announced

The annual Golden Apple Awards recognize outstanding service, teaching and mentoring by Drexel University College of Medicine faculty and professional staff, who are nominated by each class of medical students for the honor. Students vote to determine the award winners. Read more.

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Brian Wigdahl, PhD

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