Immunology in The Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB)
Central to eradicating infectious diseases is the need to understand host immunity, with the goal to develop new vaccines or host directed drug therapies against some of the world’s most pathogenic organisms. The CMIB is home to immunologists that study host immune responses to bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections with expertise that span the study of innate through adaptive immunity. Immunologists in the CMIB have expertise in vitro using primary cells and cell lines, in vivo using a variety of different animal models including gnotobiotic animals, and with bioinformatics and computational modeling of host immunity. CMIB immunologists also bring expertise in autoimmunity, neuro-immunology, and transplant immunology.
Resources for immunologists in the CMIB and across campus include the bi-weekly Immunology Seminar Series that hosts external and internal immunology experts; an Immunology Emphasis Area through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program; a variety of opportunities to participate in undergraduate, graduate, and medical school immunology education; and the Immunology Round Table (IRT) which was formed in 2010. The IRT operates a bi-weekly seminar for trainees in immunology, a listserv for ease of communication across campus and to facilitate the sharing of reagents, and hosts a website for the immunology community (http://vet.osu.edu/research/immunology-round-table).