The Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology was created in late 1999 by a merger of the Division of Molecular Virology and portions of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Our mission is to accomplish significant research, provide high-quality graduate and postgraduate programs, and serve as an institutional and community resource on microbial agents and infectious diseases.
We carry out the research phase of our mission through our departmental research programs in virology and bacteriology. Areas of interest include molecular virology, viral pathogenesis, viral oncology, viral gastroenteritis, respiratory viruses, HIV and AIDS, molecular genetics, vaccine development and evaluation, microbial genomics, antibiotic resistance, DNA topology, bacterial pathogenesis, and host responses to infection.
The educational phase of our mission centers on the Graduate Program in Molecular Virology and Microbiology. Graduates of our program are highly successful in research and teaching positions. Postdoctoral fellows who received training here are active in various positions throughout the nation and the world.
Our faculty members accomplish the resource service phase of the mission by serving as a base for information, collaboration, and technical expertise for colleagues and the public about viruses, bacteria, and infectious diseases. Departmental faculty members provide leadership in interdepartmental research centers at the College. Our web site includes a section devoted to Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biodefense to serve as a resource to the community.