Through new discoveries and state-of-the-science training of future scientists, the Microbe-Host Interactions graduate program strives to be a world-class center of excellence in biomedical research. The program’s mission evolved from the realization that while we cannot imagine our global village without germs, we can imagine a world without preventable and treatable microbial diseases. Our focus is to train students to define the interactions between microbes—specifically, bacteria and viruses—and their host organisms that lead to disease or promote health.
Researchers in the Microbe-Host Interactions (MHI) program, supported by the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, have developed innovative in vivo and in vitro systems to study basic mechanisms of bacterial and viral pathogenesis. A key direction in the Department is to use the information garnered from mammalian and microbial genomes projects to identify new genes that control the infection process and affect clinical outcomes.
The MHI program is designed to equip each student with an in-depth understanding of their particular discipline (e.g. bacterial pathogenesis or virus replication), while imparting a knowledge of host biology sufficient for understanding pathogen-host interactions. As a research training program, MHI emphasizes training in the fundamental principles that underlie hypothesis-driven research. The program also offers numerous opportunities to attend seminars by world-class researchers and to discuss recent scientific developments in various journal clubs.
For additional information about the MHI program, please contact:
Christopher Aiken, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program Manager