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Recent Publications

TLR3 controls constitutive IFN-β antiviral immunity in human fibroblasts and cortical neurons.

Gao D, Ciancanelli MJ, Zhang P, Harschnitz O, Bondet V, Hasek M, Chen J, Mu X, Itan Y, Cobat A, Sancho-Shimizu V, Bigio B, Lorenzo L, Ciceri G, McAlpine J, Anguiano E, Jouanguy E, Chaussabel D, Meyts I, Diamond MS, Abel L, Hur S, Smith GA, Notarangelo L, Duffy D, Studer L, Casanova JL, Zhang SY.

J Clin Invest. 2021 Jan 4;131(1):e134529. doi: 10.1172/JCI134529.

Type II Natural Killer T Cells Contribute to Protection Against Systemic Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection.

Genardi S, Visvabharathy L, Cao L, Morgun E, Cui Y, Qi C, Chen YH, Gapin L, Berdyshev E, Wang CR.

Front Immunol. 2020 Nov 18;11:610010. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.610010. eCollection 2020.

The R2 non-neuroinvasive HSV-1 vaccine affords protection from genital HSV-2 infections in a guinea pig model.

Bernstein DI, Cardin RD, Smith GA, Pickard GE, Sollars PJ, Dixon DA, Pasula R, Bravo FJ.

NPJ Vaccines. 2020 Nov 6;5(1):104. doi: 10.1038/s41541-020-00254-8.

Primary effusion lymphoma enhancer connectome links super-enhancers to dependency factors.

Wang C, Zhang L, Ke L, Ding W, Jiang S, Li D, Narita Y, Hou I, Liang J, Li S, Xiao H, Gottwein E, Kaye KM, Teng M, Zhao B.

Nat Commun. 2020 Dec 9;11(1):6318. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20136-w.

Pre-clinical and Clinical Implications of "Inside-Out" vs. "Outside-In" Paradigms in Multiple Sclerosis Etiopathogenesis.

Titus HE, Chen Y, Podojil JR, Robinson AP, Balabanov R, Popko B, Miller SD.

Front Cell Neurosci. 2020 Oct 27;14:599717. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2020.599717. eCollection 2020.

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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