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Recent Publications

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-2 Variation Contributes to Neurovirulence During Neonatal Infection.

Hayes CK, Villota CK, McEnany FB, Cerón S, Awasthi S, Szpara ML, Friedman HM, Leib DA, Longnecker R, Weitzman MD, Akhtar LN.

J Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 22:jiac151. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiac151. Online ahead of print.

A Genomic Island of Vibrio cholerae Encodes a Three-Component Cytotoxin with Monomer and Protomer Forms Structurally Similar to Alpha-Pore-Forming Toxins.

Herrera A, Kim Y, Chen J, Jedrzejczak R, Shukla S, Maltseva N, Joachimiak G, Welk L, Wiersum G, Jaroszewski L, Godzik A, Joachimiak A, Satchell KJF.

J Bacteriol. 2022 Apr 18:e0055521. doi: 10.1128/jb.00555-21. Online ahead of print.

Bovine Herpesvirus 1 Invasion of Sensory Neurons by Retrograde Axonal Transport Is Dependent on the pUL37 Region 2 Effector.

Stults AM, Sollars PJ, Heath KD, Sillman SJ, Pickard GE, Smith GA.

J Virol. 2022 May 11;96(9):e0148621. doi: 10.1128/jvi.01486-21. Epub 2022 Apr 14.

Masked Delivery of Allergen in Nanoparticles Safely Attenuates Anaphylactic Response in Murine Models of Peanut Allergy.

Hughes KR, Saunders MN, Landers JJ, Janczak KW, Turkistani H, Rad LM, Miller SD, Podojil JR, Shea LD, O'Konek JJ.

Front Allergy. 2022 Feb 7;3:829605. doi: 10.3389/falgy.2022.829605. eCollection 2022.

Identification of Clostridium innocuum hypothetical protein that is cross-reactive with C. difficile anti-toxin antibodies.

Cherny KE, Balaji A, Mukherjee J, Goo YA, Hauser AR, Ozer E, Satchell KJF, Bachta KER, Kochan TJ, Mitra SD, Kociolek LK.

Anaerobe. 2022 Mar 31:102555. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2022.102555. Online ahead of print.

What We Do

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology-Immunology, a basic science department at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our dedicated faculty are experts in the areas of bacteriology, virology and immunology and guide the training of our students and postdoctoral fellows. Learn more below.


We examine pathogen-host cell interactions and dissect the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of the immune response. 


Our faculty members also teach undergraduate, graduate and medical students at Northwestern University and Feinberg.

Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases

CSGID is a consortium of laboratories using state-of-the-art, high-throughput structural biology methods to determine the three-dimensional structures of protein targets from pathogens in the NIAID Category A-C priority lists and organisms causing emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.


Basic Science Administration

Our department is supported by the Basic Science Administration group. The team provides assistance related to research and financial administration, professional affairs, facilities and communications.


Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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