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Recent Publications

Circuit organization of the excitatory sensorimotor loop through hand/forelimb S1 and M1.

Yamawaki N, Raineri Tapies MG, Stults A, Smith GA, Shepherd GM.

Elife. 2021 Apr 14;10:e66836. doi: 10.7554/eLife.66836.

Assay for Assessing Mucin Binding to Bacteria and Bacterial Proteins.

Grigoryeva LS, Rehman S, White RC, Garnett JA, Cianciotto NP.

Bio Protoc. 2021 Mar 5;11(5):e3933. doi: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3933. eCollection 2021 Mar 5.

Mitochondrial metabolism is essential for invariant natural killer T cell development and function.

Weng X, Kumar A, Cao L, He Y, Morgun E, Visvabharathy L, Zhao J, Sena LA, Weinberg SE, Chandel NS, Wang CR.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Mar 30;118(13):e2021385118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2021385118.

Sensor Domain of Histidine Kinase VxrA of Vibrio cholerae- A Hairpin-swapped Dimer and its Conformational Change.

Tan K, Teschler JK, Wu R, Jedrzejczak RP, Zhou M, Shuvalova LA, Endres MJ, Welk LF, Kwon K, Anderson WF, Satchell KJF, Yildiz FH, Joachimiak A.

J Bacteriol. 2021 Mar 22:JB.00643-20. doi: 10.1128/JB.00643-20. Online ahead of print.

Ilaprazole and other novel prazole-based compounds that bind Tsg101 inhibit viral budding of HSV-1/2 and HIV from cells.

Leis J, Luan CH, Audia JE, Dunne SF, Heath CM.

J Virol. 2021 Mar 17:JVI.00190-21. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00190-21. 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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