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Microbiology & Immunology Research

Microbiology is the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoan and metazoan parasites.

Immunology involves a study of host responses to infectious agents, tumours and substances that are recognised by the body as foreign or “non-self”. Microbiology and Immunology are broad disciplines that encompass biochemistry, genetics, evolution, molecular biology, physiology, and epidemiology. Advances in microbiology and immunology impact on medicine, public health, agriculture, industry, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. Many of the concepts of immunology were developed by study of natural host reactions to infectious microorganisms, and knowledge of both microbiology and immunology is necessary for the study of infectious diseases.

Current areas of research in the Discipline of Microbiology and Immunology and the names of staff involved, are listed below.

Viral Pathogenesis

Bacterial Pathogenesis

Food and Environmental Microbiology

Chemokines in Immunology and Immunopathology

School of Molecular and Biomedical Science



The University of Adelaide


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