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Microbiology & Immunology

Welcome to the website of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Thomas Jefferson University.  Being a basic science department, we have a bipartite mission: to generate and disseminate new knowledge of the basic workings of the immune system and of the biology of infectious pathogens; and to train the future generations of biomedical researchers, educators, and health care professionals in these subject areas.  Our pursuit of these two missions is extensively overlapping.  As a moderately sized department, we focus on three areas of research and teaching excellence: lymphocyte biology, microbial pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions.  We participate in the training and education of students in the Master and PhD Programs of the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences; in the College of Pharmacy, and in the MD and MD/PhD Program of the Sidney Kimmely Medical College.  Through interactions with clinical departments and institutes and centers at the University, the Department aims to translate its discoveries towards the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the treatment of a variety of human ailments including infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancer.