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The three intertwined missions of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology are to:

  • Conduct research that significantly advances the science of microbiology and immunology, broadly defined and with emphasis on topics that could contribute to improved human health;
  • Educate diverse graduate, professional, and pre-professional students as well as postdoctoral scholars in the aspects of microbiology and immunology appropriate for their careers; and
  • Serve the people of North Carolina and the United States, whose support enables our research and teaching missions, as well as the international community of scholars, who provide the framework in which to conduct high-quality peer-reviewed microbiology and immunology research.”

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology strongly believes that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. Diversity Liaison Natalie Nesbitt is responsible for coordinating these efforts and works directly with the Chair on issues related to recruitment, education, and communication. We support the University’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.