Welcome to the Department of Immunology & Microbiology

The Department of Immunology and Microbiology encompasses a broad range of research and teaching activities focused on basic mechanisms of host immune responses, mechanisms of viral and bacterial pathogenesis, and the intersection of these two domains in studies of host-pathogen interactions.  To complement our basic studies on molecular and cellular mechanisms, we aim to collaborate with our clinical colleagues on the CU Anschutz Medical campus to apply our research expertise into investigations of infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, tumor immunology, primary immunodeficiencies, and chronic inflammatory conditions.  The importance of strong basic research in Immunology and Microbiology has never been more apparent, as the world struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.  The devastating global effects of this pandemic highlight the need to strengthen our investigations into viral and bacterial pathogens, the immune response and our ability to manipulate it for therapeutic interventions.  Perhaps most importantly, we are now even more motivated to invest in training the next generation of immunologists, virologists, and microbiologists.

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Leslie Berg, PhD
Professor, Chair

T cell activation, differentiation, and responses to infection and how these processes are regulated by T cell antigen receptor signaling

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Linda van Dyk, PhD
Professor, Vice Chair

Genetic and molecular approaches to infection and pathogenesis by lymphotropic herpesviruses

Upcoming Events

Seminar Series:

2/24/23 Mariana Byndloss, D.V.M., Ph.D.
3/3/23 Shannon Oda, Ph.D.
3/17/23 Lynda Coughlan, Ph.D.
3/31/23 Amy Vincent, D.V.M., Ph.D.
4/14/23 Sean Whelan, Ph.D.
4/28/23 MPID Workshop
5/12/23 Graham Hatfull, Ph.D.

Department News

The Office of Research Education is continuing its partnership with the Tattered Cover Book Store to provide talks on the basic science featured in current books. The next event, at 6 p.m Thursday, January 26, will feature Aimee Bernard, PhD, assistant professor of immunology and microbiology, and Gabriella Albert and Marina Good, two PhD students in the Office of Research Education’s Immunology Program. Aimee, Gabi, and Marina will lead a session, “Your Shot at Protection: How Vaccines Train the Immune System to Fight Disease.” They will present a primer on the science and take questions from the audience. This outreach program features our exceptional students and faculty and makes stronger connections with the community we serve. Many thanks to the Tattered Cover for hosting the event at their store at 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Also, thanks to the Office of Research Education for creating this collaboration with one of Denver’s leading cultural institutions.