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About MaPS

The Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems was founded in 2010, and is the product of a merger between two departments, one focused on microbiology, genetics, and immunology, and the other focused on physiology. Capitalizing on the strength of the respective scientific research programs, the resulting department has strong and synergistic expertise in bacterial and viral pathogenesis, immunology, signal transduction, and fundamental cellular physiology. Current departmental research targets viral and bacterial pathogens affecting the nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems.

Faculty in the department combine an array of experimental and computational methods to understand the complex interactions between the host, the pathogen and the host natural resident microbial community. Understanding how these networks change from normal physiology to disease fosters the development of computational models that simulate infection and new approaches to disease-specific diagnostics, prognostics, and therapeutics.

This is of great potential in an era where new patterns of human interaction, changes in global climate, and emergence of drug resistance have contributed to the specter of world-wide epidemics, such as COVID-19, AIDS, influenza, and tuberculosis.

Thus, the Department is a vibrant, growing, and highly interactive scientific community that complements UMass Medical School’s growth in translational research.