Department of Microbiology and Immunology

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The faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine are known for their major contributions in molecular and structural virology, viral pathogenesis and viral and tumor immunology. Members of the faculty have attained national and international recognition for their research endeavors, as evidenced by their outstanding record of scientific publications, membership and leadership roles on national scientific review committees and advisory panels, appointments on editorial boards of leading virology and immunology journals and strong extramural grant funding.

Departmental graduates have been highly successful in obtaining postdoctoral positions in leading laboratories at major research centers and establishing rewarding careers as scientific investigators and educators.

Studies of microorganisms and their interactions with host cells, as well as the immune system, are generating knowledge used to conquer human disease and also providing answers to many of the major scientific questions confronting molecular and cellular biologists. Virology, immunology, oncology and metabolic diseases are broad research areas being pursued by various members of the department, with research opportunities available to explore interactions of viruses with host cells and organisms, virus replication and assembly, viral latency and reactivation and innate and adaptive immune responses in host defense, autoimmunity and mucosal immunity and inflammation.

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