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Closeup of gloved hands patching bacteria colonies on a petri dish

 A department researcher patches bacteria colonies. Recent research efforts demonstrate that an understanding of structure, function, and regulation of bacterial efflux systems can serve as an important asset for drug discovery.

The immune response to infection is critical to fighting diseases. Immunologists in MIP are interested in generating protective vaccines against some of the ancient scourges of mankind including Tuberculosis , Leprosy, Leishmania and Malaria. Programs in the Mycobacterium Research Labs focus on skin and lung immunology, as these are the first lines of defense against infection. Other MIP researchers are interested in the role of innate immunity in bacterial pathogenesis and how infectious agents affect the lymphoid organs . We also have strong programs aimed at counteracting bacteria with bioterrorism potential such as Francisella tularensis and Burkholderia.

Learn more about our Immunology faculty and their research here. ​

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