Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology-Immunology


Our research in bacteriology focuses primarily on the analysis of microbe-host interactions. The department faculty study mechanisms underlying bacterial colonization and pathogenesis in diverse species: pathogenic Legionella, Neisseria, Pseudomonas, Vibrio, and Yersinia species, and in beneficial Vibrio fischeri. Work from the bacteriology laboratories has provided novel insights into bacterial-host specificity and interaction, mechanisms of metal acquisition by bacterial pathogens, the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of factors required for virulence, molecular changes that underlie key evolutionary transitions, and the influence of DNA structure on gene expression.

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