Exploring host-pathogen interactions and immunological mechanisms.


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Recent Publications

Fibroblast A20 governs fibrosis susceptibility and its repression by DREAM promotes fibrosis in multiple organs.

Wang W, Bale S, Wei J, Yalavarthi B, Bhattacharyya D, Yan JJ, Abdala-Valencia H, Xu D, Sun H, Marangoni RG, Herzog E, Berdnikovs S, Miller SD, Sawalha AH, Tsou PS, Awaji K, Yamashita T, Sato S, Asano Y, Tiruppathi C, Yeldandi A, Schock BC, Bhattacharyya S, Varga J.

Nat Commun. 2022 Oct 26;13(1):6358. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-33767-y.

Ribosomes in poxvirus infection.

Park C, Walsh D.

Curr Opin Virol. 2022 Oct 17;56:101256. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2022.101256. Online ahead of print.

Nanoparticle dose and antigen loading attenuate antigen-specific T-cell responses.

Casey LM, Decker JT, Podojil JR, Rad L, Hughes KR, Rose JA, Pearson RM, Miller SD, Shea LD.

Biotechnol Bioeng. 2023 Jan;120(1):284-296. doi: 10.1002/bit.28252. Epub 2022 Oct 21.

Improved control of SARS-CoV-2 by treatment with a nucleocapsid-specific monoclonal antibody.

Dangi T, Sanchez S, Class J, Richner M, Visvabharathy L, Chung YR, Bentley K, Stanton RJ, Koralnik IJ, Richner JM, Penaloza-MacMaster P.

J Clin Invest. 2022 Dec 1;132(23):e162282. doi: 10.1172/JCI162282.

Immune activation is essential for the antitumor activity of EZH2 inhibition in urothelial carcinoma.

Piunti A, Meghani K, Yu Y, Robertson AG, Podojil JR, McLaughlin KA, You Z, Fantini D, Chiang M, Luo Y, Wang L, Heyen N, Qian J, Miller SD, Shilatifard A, Meeks JJ.

Sci Adv. 2022 Oct 7;8(40):eabo8043. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abo8043. Epub 2022 Oct 5.

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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