Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Thomas R. Kozel Ph.D.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno is a community of 13 faculty, 30 senior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and 7 support staff who are actively engaged in innovative research, discovery and education.

Research in the department is a combination of basic and translation science topics with an emphasis on cancer biology, microbial pathogenesis, emerging microbial infections and biodefense. Areas of particular interest include the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

The department has an embedded culture that values training and education, be they in a formal classroom setting for professional and graduate students, at the laboratory bench, or one-on-one instruction and mentoring. The department offers undergraduate students a concentrated academic program in Microbiology and Immunology leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. This program is a joint effort by the School of Medicine and the College of Science to train students in the fundamentals of modern microbiology, with an emphasis on human and animal infectious diseases and immunology. The curriculum will greatly appeal to pre-health professional students and students who wish to pursue careers in microbiology research and clinical laboratory microbiology.

This is an exciting time in biomedical research. Immunology is paving the way for treatment of diseases as diverse as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmunity and transplantation. New microbes are being discovered, and we are finding new relationships between the microbial world and an array of human diseases.

Associate professor David AuCoin has developed a rapid diagnostic test for melioidosis, a tropical disease that kills an estimated 100,000 people each year.