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.
Aspiring physician-scientists showcased 38 original research
projects at the 2016 Medical Student Research Forum. The displays
showed work they conducted at the University at Buffalo, its
partner health care agencies and institutions nationwide.
Noreen Williams, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology,
has received a four-year, $1.15 million grant to further examine a
unique preribosomal complex she has identified occurring in the
parasite causing African sleeping sickness.
Amy Jacobs, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and
immunology, received an award from the National Science Foundation
to focus on the entry mechanism of the Ebola virus. The mechanism
could be used to deliver drugs to infected cells.