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Microbiology & Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine


The outstanding faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students of the Microbiology & Immunology Department are known for their major contributions in viral and tumor immunology, viral pathogenesis and molecular and structural virology.

Members of the faculty have attained national and international recognition for their research endeavors. Our faculty are notable for their outstanding records 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
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Tevethia Endowment Speaker 2023

Tevethia Endowment Speaker Coming September 2023

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is honored to host the inaugural Tevethia Endowment Speaker, Rafi Ahmed, PhD.

Rafi Ahmed, PhD, director of the Emory Vaccine Center and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, will be the inaugural speaker for the Tevethia Educational Endowment hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Ahmed is internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to our understanding of B and T cell memory to chronic and acute viral infections, such as HIV and SARS-CoV-2, and to mechanisms of anti-PD-1 immunotherapy.

This event will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2023, in Lecture Room C from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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