Message from the Chair


2019 was another stellar year for the Department.  Our annual extramural research support for FY19 exceeded $7.49M, the highest in M&I’s history.  We also received notice in January 2020 that the NIH P20 application “Center for Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy”, a collaborative center grant submitted by the Brown Cancer Center, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Department of Surgery will be funded; bringing $12.4M in research support over the next 5 years.  Our research faculty continued to publish novel discoveries in high impact journals including Nature Materials, Cell Host and Microbe, and Cell Metabolism.  We maintained our vibrant external speaker series with 18 seminars in 2019.  

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Items of Interest

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

Full consideration Deadline: January 15

Center for Functional Microbiomics, Inflammation and Pathogenicity

Center for Predictive Medicine 


Open Positions


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Shirwan receives SOM Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. Haval Shirwan was the recipient of the School of Medicine’s inaugural 2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Research in Basic and Applied Sciences.  This award recognizes exceptional scholarship, creative work and/or research recognized nationally and/or internationally.  Congratulations Dr. Shirwan!

Dr. Jala receives Industry Contract

Dr. Krishna Jala received a one-year $150,000 contract entitled “Evaluating  therapeutic doses and gut barrier functional activities of ARTX-28 in pre-clinical colitis models”  from Artus Therapeutics, Inc. His initial findings on the activity of this compound were published in a 2019 Nature Communications article.

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Student Highlights

Autumn LaPointe wins presentation award at Viruses 2020 conference in Barcelona

Autumn LaPointe, PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Kevin Sokoloski, won the award for Best Oral Presentation at the Viruses 2020 conference in Barcelona, Spain. The title of her presentation was "Noncapped Genomic RNA are Critical for Alphaviral Infection and Pathogenicity." 

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Departmental Events

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series

The Microbiology & Immunology Departmental Seminar Series is on hiatus until further notice due to the Covid-19 crisis. Thank you for your patience. 

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