David Thanassi
Dr. David Thanassi, Chair

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.

Faculty & Staff News

A team of scientists led by Dr. Brian Sheridan have uncovered a novel role of the vitamin A metabolite retinoic acid in the induction of intestinal resident CD8 T cell memory that could be manipulated to generate better vaccines. These findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine and highlighted by the journal and SBUNews

Dr. Bettina Fries, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Chief of Infectious Diseases, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A research team led by Dr. Pawan Kumar has discovered a novel role for IL-17A in the development of secretory cells in the intestine and mitigation of inflammatory in the bowel. These findings were published in the journal Immunity.

Professor and Chair David Thanassi and colleagues have determined the structure of the Escherichia coli PapC usher as it secretes P pilus assembly intermediates. Their work appeared in the journal Nature Communications. 

Student News

Welcome to the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program Fall 2022 incoming class!

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.

Faculty Positions 2023

Poster Presentation

2020 Medical Microbiology teaching assistants


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