Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

MGM’s key missions are in the areas of research, teaching, and service, which are aligned with the mission and the core values of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center. The department prides itself on outstanding research leading to discoveries in cancer cell biology, tumor immunology, inflammation, and infectious disease.  Our goal is to understand basic cellular processes, disease mechanisms, and novel approaches to therapy. We strive to maintain the highest quality and impact in scientific knowledge, education and public health. One mechanism to reach this goal is the development of teams of outstanding investigators that interact in specific areas of focus.

The department has particular strength in the following areas:

  • Immunology, Inflammation, Infectious Disease, and Microbiology: The department has strong expertise in the areas of innate immunity, neuroinflammation, tumor immunology, T cell immunity, autoimmunity, and vaccine development.
  • Cancer Biology: MGM faculty members lead active research programs investigating mechanisms of tumor development and immunology, epigenetics, infectious origins of cancer, and novel therapeutic approaches.

Highlights of teaching:

MGM is committed to delivering the best education for medical and graduate students as well as mentorship in our laboratories for students interested in cutting edge research in biomedical sciences. Our recent growth in immunology and inflammation greatly strengthens our primary MGM educational responsibility in leading the Immunology component of the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Foundations of Medical Sciences (FMS) Block.  

Highlights of service: Supporting research, education, and mentoring

All members of the MGM faculty strive to provide a vibrant intellectual environment for trainees and represent a strong community of scholars within the institution by providing leadership in scholarly activities and education. Many MGM faculty members play leadership roles in several Signature Programs including the Cancer Center and the Center for Infectious Disease and Immunity, and contribute to other activities in the HSC and SOM, including the Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Institute for Brain and Behavioral Health, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Steering Committee, Medical School Admissions Committee, the BA/MD Program, and the Research Allocations Committee.

MGM has also developed a program to advance the careers of promising post-doctoral fellows.  The Research Faculty Development program allows talented postdoctoral fellows to build their publication, teaching, and funding portfolio through appointment to a research faculty position. 

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