credit: Scott Holmescredit: CDC-PHIL/ Courtesy of Larry Stauffer, Oregon SPHLcredit: CDC PHIL-Dr. Gilda Jones Research in the Department Through diverse research projects and approaches, members of the department investigate the role of viruses and bacteria in human health and disease, and strategies to combat microorganisms. Education and Training Programs The Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology offers a program leading to the doctorate degree, with specialization in molecular virology or molecular microbiology. Emerging Infections and Biodefense Learn what emerging infectious diseases are, how they arise, the agents that are responsible, and why they are of concern. View a summary of departmental research in these areas. Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research Coordinating and leading research and development in the microbiome across the Texas Medical Center and with collaborators from around the United States and abroad.