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Virology, Immunology, & Cell Biology

Exciting research in the department delves into the basis of gene expression and signaling mechanisms in the host response to infection (immunology) and to factors involved in the development of cancer.

Virologists in the department are studying the power of innate host resistance to HIV viral infection, innate immunity to adenoviral agents and the mechanisms of oncogenesis induced by viral infection.  Natural Killer cells are under investigation for their role in immune surveillance and  immune regulation.
Other research involves the regulation of gene expression associated with immune mediated inflammation in response to infection and in the vascular inflammatory response found in diabetes. Faculty are studying the gene expression and other factors leading to autoimmunity. 
Molecular methods are used to ferret out the details of signaling pathways and downstream transcription factors that are critical to immune responses or to the development of cancer.  Research is performed on the molecular mechanisms of regulation of oncogenesis and the cell cycle in breast cancer.

Virology, Immunology, & Cell Biology Faculty
Name Office Phone Email
Andrea Amalfitano 4194 BPS (517) 884-5324 amalfit1@msu.edu
Michael Bachmann 1318 Bio Engineering Facility (517) 884-7467 mhb@msu.edu
Christopher Contag 775 Woodlot Dr. (517) 884-6933 contagch@msu.edu
Kathy Meek 5190 BPS (517) 884-5361 kmeek@msu.edu
Margaret Petroff 1230D Anthony (517) 432-1385 petrof10@msu.edu
Dohun Pyeon 4179 BPS (517) 884-5077 dpyeon@msu.edu
Richard Schwartz 4177 BPS (517) 884-5317 schwart9@msu.edu
Scott Sherrill-Mix 4196 BPS (517) 884-5326 ssm@msu.edu
Kefei Yu 5175 BPS (517) 884-5354 yuke@msu.edu