Microbiology and Immunology
Rm. 2204, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-5453
Fax: 315 464-4417
Name: Dr. Steven Taffet, Interim Chair
Major research areas in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are in diseases caused by viruses and parasites, the host response to infection, and the development and function of the immune system.
This program awards:
- PhD in Microbiology & Immunology
A range of viruses are studied, including dengue virus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Kaposis sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus and varicella zoster virus. The focus of virology research is on pathogenesis, gene regulation, molecular interactions between the virus and host cell, antiviral agents, and viral replication as well as cancers caused EBV and KSHV. Research on malaria and toxoplasma is also conducted.
Immunology research focuses on autoimmune diseases, macrophage function, T cell development, antigen processing and presentation, viral immunity, immunotoxicology and vaccine development. A central theme is understanding how the immune system prevents or causes diseases.
Research is conducted at the molecular, biochemical, genetic and population levels with goals of developing vaccines and therapeutics of infectious diseases.