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To address important biological questions relevant to a broad range of diseases and encompassing multiple levels of biological organization, including an understanding of how different pathogens affect their target organ systems.

Department Chair


Beth A. McCormick, Ph.D. The Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair. Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Physiological Systems. Founding director of the Center for Microbiome Research.

Department Vice Chair


Chris Sassetti, Ph.D., Professor and vice-chair of the Department of Microbiology & Physiological Systems


Investigators in the Department utilize multidisciplinary approaches that integrate genomic, proteomic, high-resolution imaging, and computational methodologies to characterize networks of host-microbe interactions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.

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