Message from the Chair

Egilmez2018 was a banner year for the Department.  Our collaborative NIH P20 COBRE application entitled “Functional Microbiomics, Inflammation and Pathogenicity” with the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Disease in the School of Dentistry was awarded, bringing $11.2 M in research support over five years.

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Faculty Highlights

Novel immune-based cancer prevention approach developed

In a recent publication in Cancer Research Drs. Shirwan and Yolcu describe a novel approach to cancer prevention using an immune therapeutic developed in their laboratories:


Plant exosomes remodel gut microbiome and host immunity

Dr. Huang-Ge Zhang’s recent publication in Cell Host & Microbe reveals how plant products and their effects on the microbiome may be used to target specific host processes to alleviate disease.  This finding has already attracted significant national attention (SienceDirect and The Scientist).

Dr. Abu Kwaik elected American Academy of Microbiology fellow

Dr. Abu Kwaik was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, which is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology.  Membership recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Items of Interest

Graduate Programs: M.S., Ph.D.
Final Application Deadline: March 1

Full consideration Deadline: January 15



Open Positions



Departmental Events

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series

Neuro-immune interactions in the intestine

Thursday, March, 14
Daniel Mucida, PhD
Associate Professor,
Laboratory of
Mucosal Immunology
The Rockefeller University

ER stress: a pattern of pathogenesis during infection with intracellular bacteria

Thursday, March 21
Renée Tsolis, PhD

Professor, Medical  
Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, Davis

Thursdays, at noon in CTRB, Room 101
First Tuesdays at 11am in CTRB, Room 124
unless otherwise indicated