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Welcome to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary aims to promote research and education on infectious and immunological disorders that spans the entire spectrum of ‘bench to bedside’ investigations.  Areas of expertise and interests of the 15 primary members and 50 secondary and adjunct appointees include microbial pathogenesis, microbial genetics, host-pathogen interactions, autoimmune disorders and the development of novel therapeutics. The department operates within a multidisciplinary environment that provides collaborative opportunities among basic and clinician scientists in the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, as well as with faculty members in other disciplines such as members of the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute, Institute for Public Health, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  The Institute also houses state-of-the-art molecular and imaging facilities that are open to departmental members. Our activities are in complete alignment with the existing strengths identified in the University’s and the School’s strategic research plans in infection inflammation in a changing environment.

In addition to research, the department is actively engaged in undergraduate as well as postgraduate education in the disciplines of microbiology and immunology.  The modular format of our graduate courses provides students with flexibility in their choice of topics of study, as well as promotes interaction among trainees with different research interests.

The Cumming School of Medicine employs a multidisciplinary approach to medical research, education and medical care. This is made possible by Research groups which blend basic and clinical research and provide the Faculty with an excellent opportunity for transferring knowledge from the laboratory to the bedside and the community providing a unique training and mentoring environment for students, postdoctoral associates and faculty.

The Department consists of members from the:
Bacterial Pathogenesis Research Group
Immunology Research Group
Cancer Biology Research Group
Infectious Diseases Research Group