Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry


The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry is the newest basic science department at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. The department was established in 2000 by combining the existing Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. This fusion has resulted in a new dynamic and complementary blending of faculty talents in a way that encourages interdisciplinary activities both within the department and among our faculty and faculty from other departments and programs.

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Department News

Dr. Michael Whitt, co-editor of book on viruses including Ebola, interviewed on TV

Dr. Whitt just co-edited a book on viruses, which included several chapters on Ebola. He talked about how the virus behaves and the latest thinking regarding the virus on Live@9 and Local 24.

Dr. Michael Whitt, co-editor of book on viruses including Ebola, interviewed on TV

Dr. David Nelson named among the world's most influential scientists by Thomson Reuters

The Thomson Reuters report distinguishes scientists and researchers who have written the greatest number of articles ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

Nelson named among the world’s most influential scientists by Thomson Reuters

Dr. Maria Gomes-Solecki on the cover of MBQ: Inside Memphis Business as a 2014 Innovation Awards winner

Dr. Maria Gomes-Solecki was recognized for researching and developing a unique way to prevent the spread of Lyme disease - an oral vaccine for mice, the prime carriers of the bacteria that cause the disease.

Dr. Maria Gomes-Solecki on the cover of MBQ

Dr. Michael Whitt Interviewed on Fox 13

In light of reports of two cases of tuberculosis in Shelby County Schools, Michael Whitt, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, was interviewed on Fox 13 about the disease and what parents need to know.



Dr. Marko Radic gave a plenary session talk at the International Congress on Autoimmunity

Marko Radic in Nice

On March 28, 2014, Marko Radic, faculty in MIB, gave a plenary session talk about the research performed in his laboratory on the "Citrullination of Autoantigens" at the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity in Nice, France.



Stuart M. Levitz, M.D. named as 23rd Annual Edwin H. Beachey Distinguished Visiting Professor

Dr. Levitz gave two talks on May 7:

  • Medical Grand Rounds: "The Fungus Among Our Patients"; 8:00 AM, Coleman North Auditorium
  • Research Seminar: "Understanding and Exploiting Host Responses to Fungi"; 1:30 PM, Freeman Auditorium, Hamilton Eye Institute
Stuart M. Levitz, M.D.

Dr. Husni Elbahesh's visit to MIB

Husni Elbahesh seminar

Dr. Husni Elbahesh, Ph.D. explains the fascinating roles of "Virus Host Interactions" at lunch and during a special seminar presentation Monday April 21, 2014 MSB.



Dr. Michael Whitt Named as Department Chair

Bistro celebration

On November 8, 2013, the department got together in the MIB Bistro to celebrate Dr. Michael Whitt being named chair of our department.



Contact Us

Michael A. Whitt, Ph.D
Professor and Chair

858 Madison Avenue
G01 Molecular Science Bldg
Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: 901-448-6150
Fax: 901-448-7360
Email: mwhitt@uthsc.edu