From the Chairman: Paolo Casali, M.D.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics is part of the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our faculty conducts research on the immune system, infectious agents and cancer. Accordingly, the department is the nucleus for research and education in immunological and microbiological topics for the five schools at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and provides a dynamic environment for scientific discovery and training.

Our mission is to further research in molecular immunology, microbial pathogenesis, tumor immunology and autoimmunity, in order to build the knowledge necessary for therapies of the future.  We use molecular genetics and epigenetics approaches in conjunction with next-generation sequencing tools to dissect mechanisms of host  protective immune responses against viruses, bacteria, fungi, as well as tumor cells.  We also strive to understand molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis, with particular emphasis on B lymphocyte neoplastic transformation in the context of the developing immune system. To this end, basic and translational research are of equal importance, to foster discovery of biological truths and translate those discoveries into new therapeutics.

We are committed to developing the next generation of scientists, and to this end, we offer a spectrum of training opportunities. We house an Undergraduate Research Program, in addition to a Master of Science Program in Immunology and Infection. Our faculty also train doctoral students through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences IBMS program in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity. Finally, in addition to undergraduate and graduate trainees, Postdoctoral Fellows are important in our overall research effort. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in most laboratories of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics supports a variety of learning and training opportunities in seminars, lectures and events, including:

Contact the Program Coordinators at: immunity@uthscsa.edu

 


The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics celebrates the graduating MS in Immunology & Infection class of 2017. Congratulations to each of them and the best of wishes with their future endeavors!