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Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Welcome to the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences graduate program in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Our location in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center, provides an excellent research environment.

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In the past decade, the biological sciences have undergone a revolution of unprecedented scale. This revolution, fueled in large part by studies in microbiology, is fast reshaping the way scientists approach the myriad biomedical and environmental issues confronting our society today. At the same time, microbiology still maintains its classical advantages – a wide variety of well-developed experimental approaches are available in the study of microbes, and many experiments can be completed in a relatively short time period. This makes microbiology especially well-suited for graduate student training. Our program faculty explore questions relevant to the following areas of modern microbiology:

  

Fundamental Life Processes

Many genes and their activities are conserved among bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. Our faculty exploit the many practical advantages of microbes to perform detailed mechanistic studies of a wide array of fundamental biological phenomena. These include gene expression, cell division, membrane biogenesis, macromolecular transport, multicellular development, and cellular differentiation.

Microbial Pathogenesis

Understanding virulence mechanisms is a major arm of medical research. Our faculty apply modern molecular genetic and biochemical technologies to understand the basis for infectious disease. Emphasis is placed on identifying and characterizing regulatory networks controlling virulence gene expression, virulence factor structure and function, mechanisms for spread of antibiotic resistance, and the host-pathogen interactions.

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Alexandra Berroyer was selected as the inaugural winner of the annual MID Outstanding Student Service Award. The award recognizes noteworthy service to the individual’s department/program, the University/higher education, the local community, service to professional organizations, and/or service at the state, national, or international level. 

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Contact Us

Program Director
Michael Lorenz, PhD
Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
McGovern Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center
6431 Fannin Street, Room MSB 1.209
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-7422
Michael.Lorenz@uth.tmc.edu

Program Co-Director
Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
McGovern Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center
6431 Fannin Street, Room MSB 1.164
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-5465
Anne.Marie.Krachler@uth.tmc.edu


Program Coordinator
Carolyn Agurcia-Parker, DrPH

Office: MSB 1.174
(713) 500-8805 or (713) 500-9876
Carolyn.A.AgurciaParker@uth.tmc.edu