About Us

Chair Jay Bangs, PhD, leads a dedicated faculty of independent scientists who work with trainees at all levels in a rich, supportive research and learning environment.

Explore. Collaborate. Discover. You’ll gain skills and contribute to interdisciplinary teams solving complex problems through scientific inquiry.

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.
From introducing undergraduates to biomedical research to engaging PhD candidates in discovery, we support every step of your career preparation. 
We manage several endowments that support stipends, tuition and professional development experiences for students. These funds are essential to advancing our mission of academic excellence — and to continuing the strong reputation of our department. We invite new gifts to them from alumni and friends.

Well-established research centers across the university support collaborative, multidisciplinary research where students can interact with faculty across departmental boundaries.


Our region is characterized by a neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.


Contact information for our faculty and staff.