Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Unlock the Mysteries of the Microbial World

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are all organisms that can interact with the human body, making us either healthy or sick. Our research spans from the cell to the organ, to the body and to the global population, investigating and impacting the very foundations of human health.

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Training the next generation of scientists

Here, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows work side-by-side with principal investigators, testing hypotheses of significant medical importance with the potential to translate into medical advancements. This groundbreaking laboratory training is supplemented with rigorous coursework, seminar series, journal clubs, and the presentation of research findings at national meetings.

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Department of Microbiology & Immunology
5641 Medical Science II
1150 W. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5632
Phone: 734-763-3531

The department strives to enrich the institution and the scientific community through our service. Read more about our tripartite mission.


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Learn more about our exploration of microbial pathogenesis, immune response and the development of vaccines.


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We are pleased to share with you our 2022–23 Report with a special featured story on the history of the early women in M&I at the University of Michigan.

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  • A. Oveta Fuller smiles outside A. Oveta Fuller Award

    The A. Oveta Fuller Award is a career development award for emerging leaders in the areas of microbiology and immunology, infectious disease, or health disparities whose goals and accomplishments benefit society in the spirit of Dr. A. Oveta Fuller.

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  • Apply for the A. Oveta Fuller Award

    We are a diverse group of scientists, united by a passion for discovery, leadership, service and the sharing of knowledge to address global microbiology and immunology challenges. Our DEI activities, events, trainings, community-building efforts and data collection are valuable additions to the University’s broader strategic DEI plan.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Message from the Chair

    Our department's motto is that 'We are an inclusive community whose passion for discovery, service, leadership and sharing of knowledge addresses global microbiology and immunology challenges.'"

    Nancy Walls Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Professor of Internal Medicine
    Bethany Moore
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    Midwest Neglected Infectious Diseases (MNID)

    Attend the only regional conference that features cutting-edge basic science and translational research on the pathogenic mechanisms of fungal and parasitic diseases.

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    Seminar: Joel Swanson
    Joel Swanson, PhD, presents in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series
    Seminar: David O'Dwyer
    Join Microbiology & Immunology for a seminar with David O'Dwyer, MB BCH BAO, PhD.
    Midwest Neglected Infectious Diseases (MNID) Meeting 2024
    The University of Michigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased to host MNID 2024, August 16 and 17.
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    M&I grant administration team attends and presents at the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA) conferences
    M&I grant administration team attends and presents at the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA) conferences
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    Medical School News
    Medical School faculty embrace honor, history and future tied to named professorships
    There are many intriguing aspects to the honor of a faculty member holding a named professorship in the University of Michigan Medical School: the excitement of receiving one of the highest honors the U-M can bestow on a faculty member; an understanding of the rich history of the person(s) for whom their professorship is named; and the flexibility of what the professorship allows the holders to do during their career. On April 1, the Medical School hosted a celebration of faculty who were appointed to named professorships in 2023.
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    Health Lab
    Fiber, genes and the gut microbiome: Study reveals possible triggers for inflammatory bowel disease
    A new U-M study finds a complex interplay between diet, genes, and the gut microbiota that could explain why IBD develops.
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    Health Lab
    Researchers open new leads in anti-HIV drug development, using compound found in nature
    Researchers open new leads in anti-HIV drug development, using a compound found in nature
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    Support the Microbiology and Immunology Annual Fund on Giving Blue Day.
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    Four U-M teams selected for virtual tournament of science
    U-M researchers' work made the bracket in the 2024 STAT Madness tournament of science, and need public support to advance
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