|Description:||The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario is dedicated to the study of microorganisms and the immune system. Faculty explore the structure, chemistry, genetics, and behaviour of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, mammalian cells, and the immune system. They apply the techniques of microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, and cell biology to both fundamental and medical problems. We study not only many interesting microorganisms, but how they behave in the environment or how they influence the immune system. Areas of health research studied include diabetes, arthritis, gene therapy, tumor biology, viral host interactions, resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents, pathogens in the hospital setting, genetic control of cell surfaces of microbes, autoimmunity, and cell-to cell communication during the immune response. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers courses to explore many of these topics. Education of future scientists, health care professionals, and informed citizens is an important mandate of our Department.