Welcome to the Department of MMI

The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology's (MMI) mission is to maintain active and integrated research programs that study the interactions between microbes and their hosts. The goal is to understand how these influence the outcome of infection and disease progression. Current research interests in the department include understanding host signaling in response to viral infection, molecular mechanisms of NK and NK T cell activation, and molecular principles underlying fungal pathogenesis. This work provides an interdisciplinary structure for our training programs.

MMI supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education in the areas of microbiology and immunology. Departmental instruction includes lecture courses, seminar courses, and laboratory research (both undergraduate independent study and graduate thesis). We foster collaborative studies within the department as well as with faculty in other departments, both on campus and hospital-based.

Save the Date for the 52nd Annual Charles A. Stuart Memorial Lecture!
Dec. 3, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Eddy Auditorium
Max D. Cooper, MD
"Evolution of Adaptive Immunity"

MMI News

Five Questions with: Peter Belenky

Peter Belenky is assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University. He was the lead author of a recent study on the surprising complexity of antibiotic functionality in the journal Cell Reports. The paper is part of the worldwide effort to prevent the efficacy of antibiotics from descending to dangerously low levels.

Environmental Journal: Thwarting deadly bat disease the focus of Brown lab
Much of the attention has gone to the "Batlab," where researchers in the psychology department study the small mammalian creatures in flight to understand how they use sonar to avoid obstacles in their path. More recently, Brown engineers and biologists with a mutual interest in the mechanics of how bats fly so nimbly teamed up to build a robotic bat wing.

Scientists at Brown University studying fungus killing bats

Researchers in Rhode Island may be one step closer to figuring out how a mysterious disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing off bats across North America.  A team of scientists led by Brown University professor Richard Bennett was awarded more than $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to figure out how to combat the disease, named for the white fungus that appears on the noses and wings of bats.

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