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This is an exciting and rewarding time to begin a career in biomedical research. The pace of scientific discovery is breathtaking. Endless opportunities exist for our graduates as they begin their careers.

Extraordinary research opportunities are available within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and collaborative research units including the Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine in the areas of:

  • Immunology
  • Molecular and human genetics
  • Virology
  • Malarial and bacterial pathogenesis
  • Emerging disease and biodefense
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Experimental therapeutics and diagnostics
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer biology

Continued advances in technology and collaborative interdisciplinary research between basic and clinical scientists will be the key to innovation and new discovery in the next decade. Research conducted within the department will be of tremendous importance to the growing national and international health care needs.

Research - Collaborating for Culturally-Competent Care Research - Collaborating for Culturally-Competent Care

Professors Jeffrey Jacobson, Brian Wigdahl and Irwin Chaiken give valuable insight into the pivotal collaborative work they are performing in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS.

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We are committed to understanding molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases within the human population and the development of strategies to prevent and/or treat these acute, chronic, and latent infectious diseases.

The research programs of our faculty are funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more information on individual faculty members, their research interests, and training opportunities offered by our outstanding faculty, please explore the department's web page through the links at the left.

Meet Our Faculty - Joris Beld, PhD

Joris Beld, PhD "My lab is interested in natural products. In other words, we're interested in molecules that we get from nature. If you go to a hospital and you look at the list of drugs they prescribe to patients, you'll find that roughly 75 percent of those are derived from natural products. Those drugs are not something that chemists have invented. They're made from molecules that we've borrowed from nature."

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News & Events

2016 Research Seminar Schedule

"New Drug Could Treat Parkinson's"
Pulse (Fall 2015)

"Two Drexel Faculty Members Named 2014 AAAS Fellows"
(December 8, 2014)

"New Drug Class Causes Malaria to Burst"
(November 25, 2014)

ASM Watkins Fellowship

The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a PhD program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences. The application deadline is May 1, 2016.

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Brian Wigdahl, PhD, Chair, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease

Brian Wigdahl, PhD
Chair, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease