The mission of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry is to perform research important to human health, provide essential teaching for several professional schools (Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Nursing, Allied Health), contribute to a vibrant graduate program, and participate in community outreach activities. The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry faculty have active research programs in areas that include signal transduction, cancer biology, immunology, microbial and viral pathogenesis, genetic regulation, and others. Research in the department involves traditional methods, including biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology; and newer technologies such as genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. The department currently has 24 extramurally funded investigators and 14 NIH funded programs. This research effort generates revenues of greater than $3.5 million per year, and more importantly contributes in a meaningful way to improving our basic understanding of human diseases, and how they may be better identified and managed.
The faculty in the Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry Department are proud of their rich scientific tradition, newly enlarged purpose, and commitment to active growth in research, education and service to the residents of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the Nation.