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About the Center for Microbial Interface Biology

About the Center for Microbial Interface Biology


The Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB) is a multidisciplinary research center focused on microbe-host interactions that was created by Dr. Larry Schlesinger in late 2002 which received official University Center status in 2006.  It is housed in the Office of Health Sciences and is supported by the Medical Center and University. The title of the Center was created to embrace the broad biological studies applicable to the complex analysis of microbe-host interactions, i.e. the interface between microbes and their hosts.

There are currently 78 faculty members in the CMIB from throughout the OSU campus. The collective CMIB faculty is involved in and represents the fields of immunology, cell biology, pathology, biochemistry and pharmacology, microbiology, genetics, structural biology, and bioinformatics. Investigation by these researchers includes but is not limited to in vitro and animal studies, genomics, proteomics, and population-based studies.  Emphasis areas in the Center are in respiratory infectious diseases, intracellular parasitism, granulomatous inflammation, and microbial pathogenesis. These areas build upon strengths at OSU, have direct relevance to the clinical mission of the OSU Medical Center (opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients), and relate directly to many of the targeted infectious disease agents of bioterrorism.

Goals of the CMIB relate both to education and research.  The Center has been successful in bringing together scientists throughout the OSU campus in different departments, colleges, schools, and institutes.  Represented within the COM are the Departments of Medicine, Pathology, Bioinformatics, Pharmacy, Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics (MVIMG) and the HLRI.  Investigators are also involved from the College of Veterinary Medicine (Department of Veterinary Biosciences), the School of Public Health, the College of Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics), and the College of Pharmacy.