About Us

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology at West Virginia University. Our commitment is to prepare the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals by equipping them with the necessary tools for success. We aim to inspire a passion for discovery and a dedication to making a positive impact in the scientific community.

In the ever-evolving field of immunology, we recognize significant opportunities to contribute meaningfully. Our researchers and faculty members are actively engaged in impactful projects, ranging from finding innovative approaches to combat infectious diseases to exploring the potential of immunotherapies to transform healthcare. The research interests of our faculty are diverse, covering areas such as molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and immunity, cell biology, and immunology. Each investigator shares the common goal of advancing knowledge to improve human health and enhance the quality of life.

Our department provides abundant opportunities for students to participate in collaborative and stimulating research projects. Students receive a solid foundation in fundamental concepts of microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and immunology. Additionally, they have the flexibility to choose advanced coursework aligned with their specific areas of interest.

As a team, we are devoted to fostering a learning environment that encourages curiosity and supports groundbreaking research. The success of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology is a result of the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff. Together, we strive for excellence in education, research, and service to the students of West Virginia University.

I encourage you to explore our department, delve into the exciting research we're conducting, and find ways to get involved. Your participation is vital, and we eagerly anticipate your contributions to our dynamic community.

Mariette Barbier
Chairperson, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology