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.
In the fight against infectious disease, University at Buffalo
immunologist Michael W. Russell, PhD, professor
of microbiology and immunology, advocates a novel alternative
to antibiotics and vaccines: directly target the immune system.