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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    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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    News Release
    $10 million NIH-award establishes new U-M center to study genomics of infectious disease pathogens
    A new NIH award will establish the Michigan Infectious Disease Genomics (MIDGE) Center, the goal of which is to use whole genome sequencing and functional genomic assays to determine how genetic differences among strains or isolates affect the behavior, transmission, and drug resistance of viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens.
    Department News
    MMMP celebrates 25 years of its NIH T32 training grant!
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) celebrated 25 years of its NIH T32 training grant that supports the Molecular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis Training Program (MMMP) with a scientific symposium, held June 18, 2024.
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    Department News
    Professor Joel Swanson, a distinguished faculty member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will be an Emeritus Faculty, starting July 1
    As Dr. Joel Swanson retires from the Department of Microbiology and Immunolgy, we celebrate his career and achievements.
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    Medical School News
    Labs go platinum: Research teams record efforts to achieve sustainability certification
    Many Michigan Medicine labs are taking time to ensure that they are doing their part to support the Medical School’s major initiatives, including the push for carbon neutrality.
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    Philanthropy News
    $5M legacy gift awarded to the U-M Department of Microbiology and Immunology for virology research
    Howard B. Urnovitz, Ph.D., an alumnus of the University of Michigan (B.S. ’74; M.S., ’75; Ph.D., ’79), has committed $5 million in his estate plan to the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology for the research and development of life-changing therapies to advance understanding of how viruses interact with their host’s inherited genes. The gift will establish the Dr. William H. Murphy Professorship and support early-career faculty in their pursuit of transformative science.
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    Jennifer Baker, PhD Candidate: Running the PhD marathon
    Jennifer Baker is a PhD Candidate in the Microbiology & Immunology Program.
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