The Department of Microbiology and Immunology strives to achieve excellence in our missions related to research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology currently consists of 13 faculty members in addition to research and support staff and graduate/medical students. Faculty research programs span bacterial, viral, and parasite pathogenesis, vaccine and diagnostic development, immunology and cancer. The department has recently undergone expansion by adding new faculty with a strong research focus on host pathogen interactions as well as emerging vector-borne diseases. Pathogens currently studied in the Department include Borrelia, Babesia, Francisella, Yersinia, Streptococci, Toxoplasma gondii, influenza, Dengue, Chickigunya, and Zika. Cancer research spans thyroid cancer, melanoma, and breast cancer focused on molecular pathogenesis, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and actionable therapeutic targets, as well as immunotherapeutic vaccines and chimeric antigen receptor modified natural killer cells (CARS) for immunotherapy of B cell lymphomas. The Department boasts significant collaborations with clinical departments that promote bench-to-bedside translational research. Departmental research support is provided by a variety of sources including: the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health (BARDA) Department of Defense, New York State, private foundations and biomedical corporations.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is housed in the Basic Science Building in 12,500 sq ft of space. The Department is well equipped for modern molecular microbiology and immunology research and includes a Biosafety level-3 laboratory. Core equipment within the Department includes a Nikon Tie inverted fluorescence microscope with motorized xy and z stage equipped for deconvolution and extended live cell imaging, a Miltenyi Biotec MACSQuant cell analyzer and Applied Biosystems 7900 HT Real-time PCR system (Taqman).
Academic Programs in Microbiology and Immunology
Department faculty have teaching responsibilities in the School of Medicine (SOM) that include:
Through the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS), the Department offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, and there are also opportunities for post-doctoral training.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595
Telephone: (914) 594-4175
Fax: (914) 594-4176