Upcoming Events & Seminars

Thursday, March 19
Ebolavirus Nucleoprotein Assembly
Robert Kirchdoerfer, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute
12:00 pm, Sicher Room 3851, Maguire




Meet our newest faculty member, Dr. Francis Alonzo

The Microbiology and Immunology department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Francis Alonzo to the department. Dr. Alonzo received his PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago and com-pleted his postdoctoral fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Alonzo is a microbiol-ogist and studies bacterial pathogenesis focusing on a single organism Staphylococcus aureus. His lab is interested in how S. aureus evades the host defense in order to cause disease, and from this knowledge to determine how to prevent the many infections caused by the bacterium. His lab uses a multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating immunology, cell biology, and bacteriology to understand the disease process at the host-pathogen interface.


  This Week in Virology
TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral

This Week in Virology, a netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick, came to the department back in January to record an episode to discuss coronaviruses. The netcast is available online:

Host: Vincent Raciello
Guests: Susan Baerk and Thomas Gallagher

Vincent meets up with Susan Baker and Tom Gallagher at Loyola University to talk about their work on coronaviruses

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology & Immunology!

Imagine reading a good book that you want never to end and, to your delight, it never does. Similarly, in your career as a scientist, although a given problem may be solved, the excitement of discovery goes on. Basic science seeks to understand nature. It is a continual process with the depth of discovery defined by your own depth of curiosity.

Yet, for curiosity to thrive and gain strength, it must be encouraged.

As scientists and teachers, we recognize curiosity as the innate desire for understanding and knowledge. We realize its importance to our own work. We are therefore committed to supporting this drive in each student and post-doctoral fellow, because we believe that curiosity has one end point, discovery.

As you read through our web site, you will learn about our ideals and our specific areas of expertise. We offer a dynamic, growing environment where significant discovery is an ongoing event. Our intense dedication to cutting-edge science is surpassed only by our unwavering commitment to first-rate graduate training.

Katherine Knight, Ph.D. Professor and Chair


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