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MI&I Research Focus

The research conducted in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity (MI&I) is driven by the global problems related to infectious diseases and the nature of the immune responses. This research is necessary in order to develop tools for new diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines. In the past, researchers and clinicians have been faced with the challenge of staying ahead of common epidemics and pandemics, such as influenza and tuberculosis. Recently a new breed of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and emerging pathogens has public health officials concerned as well.

In addition to these diseases, infections that accompany various other conditions and medical procedures, and the costs related to these infections, are among the highest in America's hospitals. With expertise in host-microbe interactions, innate and adaptive immunity, and therapeutics, the Department of MI&I serves as the hub for faculty striving toward similar goals of studying the various aspects of microbial infection and immunity. The Department provides teaching and research opportunities in microbe-host interactions and immunology, and educates the general public with regard to information and knowledge of infectious diseases.

Academic medical centers are in a very unique position to better understand these pathogens and the host response, and translate discoveries into personalized treatments and vaccines that can mitigate or prevent the often times devastating effects of these diseases. 

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