Explore problems related to the basic science of infectious
disease, working with our internationally-recognized faculty. Your
training will be supported by our culture of mentoring, teamwork
and professional development.
Our research on bacterial pathogens focuses primarily on how
these simple, single-celled organisms successfully cause disease.
We study the pathogenesis in different host tissues of both
gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.
Our immunology research intersects with explorations of various
disease-causing pathogens, incorporating molecular processes,
cancer immunology and infectious disease. We study host immune
responses to microbial infection, mucosal immunology, mucosal
vaccine adjuvants and vaccine development.
We study a wide variety of viruses, including papillomaviruses,
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human cytomegalovirus
(HCMV). We focus on basic molecular mechanisms. In the long term,
we aim to understand viral infection and reactivation, prevent
viral infection and develop anti-viral therapies.
James D. Bangs, PhD, Grant T. Fisher Professor and chair of
microbiology and immunology, has received National Institutes of
Health (NIH) funding to continue his study of human African
trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness.
At the 2017 Medical Student Research Forum, aspiring
physician-scientists showcased 46 original research projects they
conducted at the University at Buffalo, its partner health care
agencies and institutions nationwide.
UB’s Summer Research Fellowship Program, which provides
first-year medical students with a personalized experience in
research, has been renewed through another five years of funding
from the National Institutes of Health.