Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

From the Chairman: Paolo Casali, M.D.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics is part of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our faculty teach and conduct research on infectious agents and the immune system. The department is the nucleus for research and education in microbiological and immunological topics for the five schools at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and provides a dynamic environment for scientific discovery and training.

Our mission is to advance knowledge in the areas of microbial pathogenesis, inflammation, protective immuneresponses, molecular immunology, tumor immunology and autoimmunity, in order to build the knowledge necessary for therapies of the future. To this end, basic and translational research are of equal importance, to foster discovery of biological truths and translate those discoveries into new therapeutics.

We are committed to developing the next generation of scientists, and to this end, offer a spectrum of training opportunities. We house an Undergraduate Research Program, in addition to a Master of Science Program in Immunology and Infection. Our faculty also train doctoral students through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences IBMS program in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity. Finally, in addition to undergraduate and graduate trainees, Postdoctoral Fellows are important in our overall research effort. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in most laboratories of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics supports a variety of learning and training opportunities in seminars, lectures and events, including:

Contact the Program Coordinators at: immunity@uthscsa.edu

  • Briana Salas

    Congratulations to our postdoctoral fellow, Briana Salas on her recent selection as a SABER.IRACDA scholar!

  • Dr. Nu Zhang

    Congratulations to Dr. Nu Zhang on his recently awarded School of Medicine Basic & Clinical Science Pilot Program application "Essential cellular interaction mucosal surface during viral infection."

  • Dr. David Kadosh

    Congratulations to Dr. David Kadosh on his awarded NIH R21 grant "Translational control of antifungal resistance in Candida albicans."

  • Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter on her recent Voelcker Fund Young Investigator Award "Universal glycolipid adjuvant-based nanoparticle cancer vaccine."

  • Ruth M. Ruprecht M.D Ph.D.

    Recently awarded "Defense-in-depth against mucosal HIV clade C invasion" NIAID with $23.1 million over the next five years. The project is a multi-intitutional project that has a strong component at UTHSCSA through the collaboration with Drs. Peter Fox and Beth Goins at the Research Imaging Institute.

  • Dr. Guangming Zhong

    Congratulations to Dr. Guangming Zhong for his recently awarded NIH R01 grant "Chlamydial plasmid-dependent pathogenesis."

  • Dr. Ann Griffith

    Congratulations to Dr. Ann Griffith on her recently awarded NIH R01 grant "Redox regulation of thymus function and age-associated dysfunction."

  • Dr. Xiao-Dong Li

    Congratulations to Dr. Xiao-Dong Li on his recent Voelcker Fund Young Investigator Award "Immune detection and destruction of tumor cells by a newly recognized DNA sensing pathway."

  • Dr. Yan Xiang

    Congratulations to Dr. Yan Xiang on his recently awarded School of Medicine Basic & Clinical Science Pilot Program application "Novel oncolytic viral therapy targeting cancers defective in SAMD9 pathway."

  • Dr. Benjamin Daniel

    Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Daniel on his recent NIH/NCI R50 Research Specialist Award "Support grant for critical specialist in cancer research."