Matthew Lauver, a graduate student in the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Microbiology & Immunology, is seen at work in a department lab in July 2016.

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology is to make high-impact, cutting-edge discoveries that help conquer human disease and answer many of the major scientific questions confronting molecular and cellular biologists.

The outstanding faculty of the Microbiology & Immunology Department are known for their major contributions in molecular and structural virology, viral pathogenesis, and viral and tumor immunology. Members of the faculty have attained national and international recognition for their research endeavors, as evidenced by their outstanding record of scientific publications, membership and leadership roles on national scientific review committees and advisory panels, appointments on editorial boards of leading virology and immunology journals, and strong extramural grant funding.

Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a dark suit jacket and red tie against a blue background.
Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD, Chair, Microbiology & Immunology

Our graduates have been highly successful in obtaining postdoctoral positions in leading laboratories at major research centers and establishing rewarding careers as scientific investigators and educators.

Studies of microorganisms and their interactions with host cells, as well as the immune system, are generating knowledge used to conquer human disease and also providing answers to many of the major scientific questions confronting molecular and cellular biologists. Virology, immunology, oncology, and metabolic diseases are broad research areas being pursued by various members of the department, with research opportunities available to explore interactions of viruses with host cells and organisms, virus replication and assembly, viral latency and reactivation, and innate and adaptive immune responses in host defense, autoimmunity, and mucosal immunity and inflammation.

Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD
Microbiology & Immunology Department Chair
Penn State College of Medicine

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The faculty, staff, postdocs and students of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine are pictured in 2014, standing in four rows outside the College.
Faculty, staff, postdocs and students of the Microbiology & Immunology Department, 2014

Microbiology & Immunology Spotlight

T32 and Cancer Institute Cancer Virology Retreat

On Wednesday, August 17, we will be holding a Cancer Virology Retreat for the Microbiology and Immunology training grant on "Viruses and Cancer", it is also to kick off the creation of the Center for Cancer Viruses in the Cancer Institute.

The retreat will be held in the College's Junker Auditorium (HG316) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. James DeCaprio from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Edward Harhaj from Johns Hopkins University will present a special seminar in the afternoon. The current T32 trainees will also present.

If you are interested in attending the retreat, please email sfrey@hmc.psu.edu.

Students Can Get Involved in Journal Clubs, Seminars and More

In the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, we offer two journal clubs for students and postdocs. Immunology Journal Club meets at noon Mondays, and Virology Journal Club meets at noon Fridays.

Our students also present as part of our Student Seminar Series that meets at noon Tuesdays.

Our students and postdocs are also encouraged to attend the weekly Microbiology Research Seminar Series that meets at 4 p.m. Thursdays.

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