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Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology


8447 Riverside Pkwy
Medical Research & Education Building II
Ste # 3209
Bryan, TX 77807
Phone: 979.436.0348
Fax : 979.436.0360

Department Head
James E. Samuel, PhD
Regents Professor, Department Head
3209B Medical Research & Education Building II


Graduate Advisor
Robert Watson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
3100 Medical Research & Education Building
Phone: 979.436.0342

About Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology

Research in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology focuses on the origin and development of human diseases with an emphasis on microbial agents and molecular mechanisms of host response and immune function. Research emphasis is placed on infectious agents (bacteria, viruses and parasites), including microbial adherence, invasion of host cells and intracellular survival, evasion of immune responses, vector-borne diseases and microbial toxins. Research on host resistance and response pathways is studied, including cellular and humoral immune responses to microbes and their products.

Specific themes which are current strengths in this program include: the study of infectious agents which may be used as bioterrorism weapons, enteric and respiratory pathogens and the development of vaccines to protect the public against emerging and established infectious agents. Additional research focus areas in molecular pathogenesis include viral replication and transformation, oncogene expression and intracellular signaling.


MPIM graduate course descriptions can be viewed through the Texas A&M Course Catalog.

Joint Research

Collaborative research projects have been established with the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Veterinary Pathobiology and Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health at Texas A&M University; the intercollegiate programs in genetics, nutrition and virology and the Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases at IBT.