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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

Microbiology and Immunology PhD candidate Jacqueline Schneider Eacret recently won the 3 Minute Thesis competition for her presentation on "Anti-Malaria Vaccines: Multiple Proteins, One Formulation." Learn more about the Three Minute Thesis competition.

2018 Golden Apple Awards

On April 10, faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2018 Golden Apple Award Ceremony.

Educational mobile app about HIV replication developed by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will released in Apple and Google Play stores on June 1

CD4 HunterTM combines fast-paced game play with science learning to showcase the first step of the complex and dynamic replication cycle of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1): binding and attachment. The app will be available for free download on Apple and Google Play app stores on June 1 and will be presented at Microbe 2017, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) held in New Orleans, June 1-5, 2017. CD4 Hunter was developed “in house” by the Center for Business and Program Development of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease (IMMID), at Drexel University College of Medicine.
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JUNE 1, 2017

CD4 HunterTM, the first educational mobile game app developed by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease is available. FREE download at Apple and Google Play App Stores. Watch the CD4 Hunter trailer.

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.

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In the Media

"Genomics Study of Cystic Fibrosis"
Pulse (Summer 2017)

"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