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Message From The Chair

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (formerly the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology) has been the home for world-class research programs in areas ranging from microbial pathogenesis, immunology and model organism genetics to cancer biology since its founding in 1970. Our mission is to advance the knowledge of the fundamental causes, means of prevention and treatment of human diseases.

We are dedicated to graduate training and are committed to providing a highly interactive atmosphere in which students and post-doctoral fellows will thrive.

Explore our website to learn more about the life of the department, our graduate program and research projects.

David Thanassi 

Dr. David Thanassi, Chair




2019 Symposium on Harnessing Immunity to Combat Infection and Disease


Faculty & Staff News

The development of a transposon and selection scheme  by Dr. Hwan Kim and colleagues, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is praised in a commentary in the October 8, 2019 issue.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology welcomes Dr. Hwan Kim as its newest faculty member. The focus of Dr. Kim's research is on tick-borne diseases caused by Rickettsia species.

Dr. Brian Sheridan, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Early Career Research Award from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

Student News
Research performed by Matthew Simons, a graduate student in Professor Erich Mackow's laboratory, and published in the May 2019 issue of the Journal of Virology was selected as an article of significant interest by the editors.

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Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-5222
Phone: 631-632-8800
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