Immunology and Microbiology

Cutting-edge immunology applied to cancer, HIV, autoimmunity, inflammation, SARS-CoV-2 and beyond.

Cells infected with the omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 Credit NIAID
Cells infected with the omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 Credit NIAID

The Immunology and Microbiology faculty of The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute are devoted to explaining how the immune system functions, how diseases spread and evolve, and designing new treatments and cures for infectious disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders. We pair foundational biological research with the development of new therapies to help eradicate diseases with unmet medical needs.

 The members of our department combine a deep mechanistic understanding of immune responses and pathogens with a commitment to translating this knowledge into treatments and cures for infectious disease, cancer and autoimmunity. We do this in an ideal, collaborative setting, where tools of advanced drug-discovery and industry-level expertise in medicinal chemistry and structural biology can be applied to our work, allowing us to make fundamental discoveries about health and disease, and then collaborate on potential treatments to address a world of unmet medical needs.

Graduate students at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology earn their Ph.D. from the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, while having access to outstanding clinical, research and academic expertise at the University of Florida.

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Immunology and microbiology at UF Scripps

News from our Laboratories

The microbiologists and immunologists of The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute have been making major discoveries in their fields for nearly two decades. Read about many of them here.

Conducting antibody research in Rader lab.

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Immunology and Microbiology Faculty Directory

Our faculty have expertise in HIV-1 inhibition, antibody drug and target discovery, enveloped virus entry mechanisms, the innate and adaptive viral immune response, chromatin-regulated control of T cell differentiation, and the role of nuclear receptors in immunity. That’s just the beginning.

Sundrud Nature authors