The Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine is devoted to research, education, and service in the microbial sciences, emphasizing both viruses and bacteria.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology is to discover new knowledge and produce innovative advances in the microbial sciences, to use that understanding to combat disease, and to provide for the education of trainees and to inform the public.

Vision Statement

The Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology will lead solutions to microbial challenges that impact human health and disease. Our commitment to creative studies of prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of diseases caused or affected by infectious agents will be achieved by sustaining an internationally recognized faculty, providing a collaborative intellectual environment, encouraging productive teamwork, and training future leaders in microbial sciences.

Areas of Interest

Our areas of interest are diverse and include microbial pathogenesis, host responses to infection, vaccine development and evaluation, the human microbiome and its role in human health and disease, and infectious agent disease associations. Faculty members within the department are nationally recognized leaders in a variety of areas, including viral gastroenteritis, the microbiome, respiratory viruses, emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, HIV and AIDS, and cancer viruses.