The Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology comprises a group of research scientists - seventeen Principal Investigators, plus their students, post-doctoral fellows, and laboratory staff -- who share a common interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases and host defenses against them. Although research topics naturally sort into bacterial, parasitic, viral and immunological categories, a global perspective is shared among investigators based on their common interest in the molecular details of each organism's life cycle and host interactions.
Furthermore, shared application of genetic, biochemical, and immunological concepts and technologies melds the diverse research foci into a single interactive unit. There is a shared recognition among individual investigators that future success is largely dependent upon cooperation and the development of productive collaborations. Membership in this large and diverse scientific community, and physical proximity within adjacent laboratories, promote the development of close and fruitful interactions. Indeed, proof of this notion is evident in the multiple collaborative projects initiated since the present Center was instituted. Currently, members of the Center collaborate with one another on 12 funded projects, and an additional 11 collaborative grants involve scientists at other institutions.
The Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology was formed in 2000 by merging the previous Center for Microbial Pathogenesis (itself started in 1995) with the former Witebsky Center for Immunology (which was established in 1967). It is interdepartmental and independent of the constituent academic departments where faculty hold their primary appointments. The Center is self-governing, operating in accordance with a set of rules established at its inception. A Director and Associate Director are elected from among the faculty to serve two-year terms.
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