Microbial pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites and together account for a significant percentage of acute and chronic human diseases. In addition to understanding the mechanisms by which various pathogens cause human disease, research in microbial pathogenesis also addresses mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the development of new antimicrobial agents and vaccines. Answering fundamental questions regarding host-microbe interactions requires an interdisciplinary approach, including microbiology, genomics, informatics, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, immunology, and epidemiology. The core curriculum will provide the major foundation for graduate students in microbial pathogenesis, while the specialized courses, seminars, and journal clubs will allow students to gain a more in-depth understanding of microbes and innate and specific immune defenses that are critical to a complete understanding of the interplay between host and microbe. The Center for Microbial Interface Biology augments even further the opportunities for graduate education in microbial pathogenesis.
Columbus , United States