Research

micro research

Research is a primary mission of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Through externally and internally funded leading-edge research initiatives and collaborative partnerships, our faculty, students and research staff are expanding our understanding of microorganisms, disease, and the immune response. Microbiology and immunology provide the building blocks for the treatment of infections and other diseases.

2018 RESEARCH STATISTICS

  • 43 PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
  • 15 NIH-FUNDED PROJECTS
  • $7.1M TOTAL EXTERNAL FUNDING
  • 1 HHMI FACULTY SCHOLAR

A team of investigators led by Dr. Beinan Wang, former Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, and including Emeritus Professor Pat Cleary, have uncovered the molecular basis for the increased incidence of Group A streptococcal deadly pneumonia associated with Influenza A epidemics (PNAS 2015;112:238).  They found that the influenza virus increases expression of the macromolecules streptococci use to invade the epithelial lining of the lung.  This sets the stage potentially for a serious life-threatening pneumonia in the aftermath of the "flu".  On the positive side, the macromolecules streptococci use for invasion are now drug targets that could reduce the incidence of serious secondary bacterial infections during and after Influenza A epidemics.

Research Ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

Commitment to Research Ethics