The Department of Microbiology & Immunology has the unique mandate at Western University of research and teaching in Microbiology & Immunology. Teaching occurs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Faculties of Science and Health Sciences and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Research spans key areas of infection and immunity, namely the molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms and viruses as well as the cellular and molecular biology of the immune system.
The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a core department of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and places a special emphasis on biomedical research and teaching with a focus on human disease, infection, and immunity. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology comprises an important area of the Biomedical Sciences playing several key roles that include:
- Research and Scholarship in basic, clinical, and applied aspects concerning the cellular and molecular biology of microorganisms, viruses, and the immune system.
- Training of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the cellular and molecular biology of microorganisms, viruses, and the immune system.
- Teaching of medical and dental students in basic and clinically relevant aspects of microbiology and immunology.
- Providing hands-on, technical laboratory experience, to the above students in modern research and analytical techniques of cellular and molecular biology as they relate to microorganisms, viruses, and the immune system.
- Educating students on the impact of microbes, viruses, and the status of the immune system on health, food, environment, and other aspects of our society including the ethical use of microbes.