The Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is home to the PhD degree-granting program in Microbiology. PhD students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation. The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework coupled with flexible departmental requirements enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program. For more information, click here…
Basic and translational brain tumor research
Genetic approaches, cellular and molecular biology of intracellular pathogen infection
Innate immunity, Cell clearance, Inflammatory and autoimmune disease
Bouton, Amy H.
Signaling Pathways and Breast Cancer
Braciale, Thomas J.
T Lymphocyte Responses To Virus Infection
Brown, Michael G.
Natural Killer Cells, Viral Immunity, Genetic basis of host resistance to viral infection, Tumor immunity, Immune cell regulation
Bullock, Timothy N.
Pathways to enhance T cell function in tumors.
Casanova, James E.
Role of Arf family GTPases in vesicular transport and cytoskeleton assembly.
Cell Biology of bacterial pathogenesis.
The innate immune response to bacterial infection.
Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of Neurons
Cowardin, Carrie A.
The maternal and infant microbiome in childhood growth and immunity
Criss, Alison K.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis
Host/pathogen Interaction - Chlamydia Infection
Desai, Bimal N.
Ion channels and Ca2+-signaling in inflammation, immunity and tissue homeostasis
Systems Immunology, Cancer Systems Biology, , Neonatal and Maternal Immunology
Tumor microenvironment and mechanisms of tumor neovascularization
Elliott, Michael R.
Macrophage effector functions in inflammation and immunotherapy
Engel, Daniel A.
Drug Discovery and Molecular Biology of Pathogenic RNA viruses: Ebola, SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Zika
Engelhard, Victor H.
Identification of MHC-restricted tumor antigens / Control of T cell homing to tumors / Tertiary lymphoid structures and intratumoral immunity
Erickson, Loren D.
Immune mechanisms of pathogenic antibody production in allergy and autoimmunity
Innate immunity, chronic disease, host-parasite interactions, Toxoplasma gondii, proteomics
Fox, Jay W.
Basement Membrane Structure and Metalloproteinases
Garcia-Blanco, Mariano A.
RNA-protein interactions in antiviral immunity and autoimmune diseases.
Signal transduction in cancer cells
Mechanisms of Genetic and Metabolic Adaptation in the Malaria Parasite, Plasmodium falciparum
Hahn, Young S.
Immune regulation for HCV infection and chronic liver inflammation
Post Transcriptional Gene Regulation and the Molecular Biology of Human Retroviruses
Harris, Tajie H.
Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS
Hughes, Molly A.
Biodefense and emerging pathogens
Kashatus, David F
The Role of Mitochondrial Fusion and Fission in Tumorigenesis.
Kedes, Dean H.
Human Herpes virus associated with malignancy, including Kaposi's Sarcoma
Kendall, Melissa M.
Bacterial cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, intestinal pathogens
Lorenz, Ulrike M
Maintaining and Breaking Immune Tolerance
Loughran, Jr., Thomas P
Hematologic malignancies; bone marrow disorders; leukemia; large granular lymphocyte (LGL)
Mann, Barbara J.
SARS CoV-2 Vaccines and Therapeutics; Pathogenicity of Francisella tularensis and vaccines
McNamara, Coleen A.
Immune System Regulation of Cardiometabolic Disease
Nataro, James P.
Pathogenesis of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli and Shigella.
Mechanisms of tissue/organ homeostasis and tumorigeensis
Pemberton, Lucy F.
Nuclear Transport in Chromatin Assembly and Transcriptional Regulation
Petri, William A.
Immune mechanisms of defense against COVID-19 and enteric (diarrheal) infections
Rekosh, David M.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Gene Expression; Human Endogenous Viruses; SARS-CoV-2 Protein Trafficking; Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation
Influence of commensal microbes on immune homeostasis, anti-tumor immunity, and metastasis
Immune Responses in asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung injury.
Viral immunology, T cells, Macrophages, Tissue repair
Woodfolk, Judith A.
The immune response to common cold and allergens in health and disease.
Zeichner, Steven L.
Pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the development of new therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancers.
Early detection, cancer prevention, and tumor microenvironment