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Recent Publications

FEZ1 Plays Dual Roles in Early HIV-1 Infection by Independently Regulating Capsid Transport and Host Interferon-Stimulated Gene Expression.

Malikov V, Naghavi MH.

J Virol. 2023 May 23:e0049923. doi: 10.1128/jvi.00499-23. Online ahead of print.

Serodominant SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid Peptides Map to Unstructured Protein Regions.

Vandervaart JP, Inniss NL, Ling-Hu T, Minasov G, Wiersum G, Rosas-Lemus M, Shuvalova L, Achenbach CJ, Hultquist JF, Satchell KJF, Bachta KER.

Microbiol Spectr. 2023 May 16:e0032423. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.00324-23. Online ahead of print.

Microtubules and viral infection.

da Silva ES, Naghavi MH.

Adv Virus Res. 2023;115:87-134. doi: 10.1016/bs.aivir.2023.02.003. Epub 2023 Apr 3.

Vibrio MARTX toxin processing and degradation of cellular Rab GTPases by the cytotoxic effector Makes Caterpillars Floppy.

Herrera A, Packer MM, Rosas-Lemus M, Minasov G, Brummel JH, Satchell KJF.

bioRxiv. 2023 May 12:2023.04.19.537381. doi: 10.1101/2023.04.19.537381. Preprint.

Encephalitis and poor neuronal death-mediated control of herpes simplex virus in human inherited RIPK3 deficiency.

Liu Z, Garcia Reino EJ, Harschnitz O, Guo H, Chan YH, Khobrekar NV, Hasek ML, Dobbs K, Rinchai D, Materna M, Matuozzo D, Lee D, Bastard P, Chen J, Lee YS, Kim SK, Zhao S, Amin P, Lorenzo L, Seeleuthner Y, Chevalier R, Mazzola L, Gay C, Stephan JL, Milisavljevic B, Boucherit S, Rozenberg F, Perez de Diego R, Dix RD, Marr N, B├ęziat V, Cobat A, Aubart M, Abel L, Chabrier S, Smith GA, Notarangelo LD, Mocarski ES, Studer L, Casanova JL, Zhang SY.

Sci Immunol. 2023 Apr 21;8(82):eade2860. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.ade2860. Epub 2023 Apr 21.

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 Biology of Infectious Diseases

The Center for Structural Biology of Infectious Diseases (CSBID) 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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