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Tuberculosis test tubes

 MIP Researchers in the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories have launched a novel investigation into tuberculosis transmission and infection.


The d​epartment is home to some of the finest biomedical researchers in the nation, working in highly specialized laboratories. Their research focuses on understanding the pathology, improving the diagnostics, and developing more effective treatments, vaccines and cures for internationally important infectious diseases. 

Students have the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned researchers in our departmental laboratories. The department is known for providing unique and valuable undergraduate research.


 

 Research Programs

 
Bacteria on a gel plate

Non-mycobacterial bacteriology research in MIP is diverse and is directed towards drug resistant pathogens (e.g. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Burkholderia species) and emerging pathogens or bacteria of biodefense importance (e.g. Burkholderia pseudomallei, Francisella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis).​

microscopic image of viruses

​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.

Mycobacteria

​The Mycobacteria Research Laboratories (MRL) participate in a wide variety of independent and collaborative research programs on various aspects of mycobacterial diseases, including tuberculosis, leprosy, the Buruli ulcer, Johne's disease, and other infections caused by Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria.​

Prion Biology

The department leverages its unique facilities, renowned expertise and location at ground zero of the Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak to pioneer prion research.  MIP researchers Drs. Ed Hoover, Terry Spraker, Mark Zabel, Glenn Telling and Richard Bessen collaborate with other researchers from CSU, the US and Europe to explore many aspects of the unusual and enigmatic prion diseases.​

Mosquito midgut under magnification

The emergence and rapid dissemination of arboviruses and their vectors throughout the world, with potentially devastating consequences, is a reality. In the last decade there have been explosive global epidemics caused by dengue, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, West Nile, and chikungunya viruses. ​

Virus under magnification

The department is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding virology research programs. An interactive group of researchers study viruses that infect domestic and wild animals, humans, and viruses vectored by mosquitoes.​

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