David Thanassi
Dr. David Thanassi, Chair

Message From The Chair

The Department & Microbiology and Immunology 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 as the Department of Microbiology and later the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Although our name has changed over the years, our mission has stayed the same: 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.

Faculty & Staff News

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is delighted to welcome Professor Partha Biswas. Dr. Biswas' laboratory investigates renal immunology using mouse models and patients with kidney disease.

Dr. Priya Devarajan describes her research in respiratory immunology and her experiences in transitioning to a faculty position on the Immunology Podcast, Episode 81 (interview begins at 34 minutes).

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology extends a warm welcome to its newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Priyadharshini Devarajan. Dr. Devarajan's research is focused on immune responses in the respiratory tract and in the elderly.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is delighted to announce that SUNY Distinguished Professor Dr. Carol Carter has been elected to membership of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Assistant Professor Dr. Sangeet Honey has been honored for his mentorship of a 2024 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar, Richard Wong from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School.

Congratulations to Dr. Hwan Kim, winner of the 2023 Early Career Research Excellence Award and Dr. Jessica Seeliger, winner of the 2023 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

Graduate Student and Postdoc News

Postdoctoral fellow Nivea Pereira de Sa (Del Poeta Lab) received the 2024 National Academy of Inventors, Stony Brook University Chapter, Young Academic Inventor's Award  - congratulations!

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellows Dr. Ankita Singh (Kumar Lab) and Dr. Gabriel Matos (Del Poeta Lab) for winning 1st and 2nd places in the 2023 Postdoc Spotlight.

Congratulations to Microbiology & Immunology graduate student Arshia Arasappan for being selected as a trainee in the Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program 2023 - 2024.

The Fall 2023 incoming class was welcomed at a BBQ held at Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai.

Alicia Mendoza, a PhD candidate in Elizabeth Boon's group, has been awarded a SUNY GREAT Award for Graduate Research - congratulations!

A 2021 paper co-authored by graduate students Stephen Gaudino, Cody Kempen, Hoi Tong Wong and their colleagues was selected as a Cutting Edge paper by the Journal of Immunology.


Poster Presentation

Graduate Student Teaching Assistants


Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-5222
Phone: 631-632-8800
Fax: 631-632-9797