Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.The Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology comprises a cadre of interactive and interdisciplinary faculty with diverse expertise. The overall mission of our department involves research and education, while bringing together basic and translational efforts through close collaborations.
-Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.

Welcoming new faculty

Isabella Rauch, Ph.D.
The Molecular Microbiology & Immunology department is pleased to welcome Isabella Rauch, Ph.D., as an assistant professor starting in January 2019. During her research career, Isabella explored innate immunity in barrier tissues such as the skin and the intestine. In her most recent postdoctoral work she described a defense mechanism that is activated in intestinal epithelial cells upon cytosolic detection of pathogens by sensors called inflammasomes. In her lab, she plans on studying this fascinating response and its role in infection, in more detail. Welcome, Isabella! 

Jonathan Pruneda, Ph.D.MMI is delighted to welcome Jonathan Pruneda, Ph.D., joining us as an assistant professor. Jonathan brings an exciting approach to studying microbial pathogenesis. Throughout his Ph.D. at the University of Washington and postdoctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Jonathan’s research has focused on the molecular basis of an essential signaling pathway called ubiquitination. Now he focuses on how microbes manipulate ubiquitin signaling of the host in order to subvert immune responses and promote infection. Welcome, Jonathan!

MMI welcomes Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.! Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.We are excited to have Dr. Aballay join us as a professor and department chair, as of September 2017.  We look forward to opportunity and growth ahead. Aballay Lab

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SOM News: Leadership team selected for new Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences.

A new recruitment has been opened for the Dean’s Research Scholar Program (DRSP).  Applications are due by November 25, 2018.  For details on the program and application requirements click here.

Congratulations to Ruth Napier, Ph.D., for getting awarded a Medical Research Foundation Grant for her project Investigation of NOD2 as a T cell intrinsic regulator of rheumatoid arthritis.

SOM News: Paths to Leadership and faculty development.

SOM News: Dr. Georgiana Purdy appointed to NIH Bacterial Pathogenesis Study Section.

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