The mission of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology (MMI) is to provide comprehensive scientific instruction to students, conduct novel and meaningful research, and offer consultation in microbiology and immunology as they relate to human disease.
MMI provides an exceptional learning environment for undergraduates through rigorous coursework and research opportunities. Graduate students may earn a Ph.D. through the MMI co-sponsored, nationally acclaimed Microbiology Doctoral Training Program. The success of our instructional efforts is evident from the excellent student evaluations and ratings, the numerous teaching awards garnered by our faculty, and the doctoral training program's ranking of first among U.S. public institutions and third nationwide.
Research underway in our department involves the intimate study of bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral pathogens and diseases including malaria, sleeping sickness, E. coli O157:H7, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Blastomyces, Aspergillus, HIV/AIDS, herpes simplex virus, and hepatitis C virus. Faculty also investigate diverse immunological topics such as regulatory T cell biology, leukocyte migration, antigen presentation, and vaccine development and efficacy. Recently, outstanding research groups have been established to address bioterrorism and symbiotic relationships between bacteria and animals. Since the Department's establishment in 1935, our faculty have made fundamental contributions to the study of infectious disease and immunity. Our current faculty demographic reveals a melting pot of well-established, recognized leaders in the field, a consistently productive group of mid-level faculty, and a new group of junior faculty who are poised to step to the fore and represent our department well into the future.
The Departments of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Bacteriology are again sponsoring the Perlman Symposium on Antibiotic Discovery and Development, initiated in 2010. The symposium highlights the medical aspects of antibiotic and microbiological research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This symposium is made possible by a generous gift from Kato Perlman, David Perlman's widow.