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J Victor Garcia headshot J. Victor Garcia-Martinez,
Professor and Chair, Charles H. McCauley Endowed Chair in Microbiology
Welcome to the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham! We are thrilled to have you visit our website and learn more about our department's exciting research, educational programs, and service initiatives.

We take pride in our cutting-edge research efforts, our facilities, and our state-of-the-art equipment, which enable us to explore the mysteries of microbiology and push the boundaries of scientific knowledge. However, our number one asset is our people! As the chair of the department, I am proud to lead and support a team of talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about understanding the fascinating world of microorganisms and their interactions with the human host. Our department's research focuses on various aspects of microbiology, including bacterial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, immunology, virology, structural biology, Cancer, and bioinformatics.

Our research has significant implications for human health and disease, and we are committed to translating our findings into novel therapeutic strategies and interventions that can improve the quality of life for individuals and communities worldwide.

In addition to our research, we are equally committed to providing high-quality education for our trainees. We offer a range of academic programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees in immunology/microbiology, as well as postdoctoral training opportunities.

Our students receive rigorous training in microbiology, immunology, and related fields, preparing them for successful careers in academia, industry, non-profits, and the public sector.

I invite you to explore our website further to learn more about our research, educational programs, and service initiatives. We hope you will join us in our mission to advance the understanding of microbiology and improve human health and well-being.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, Ph. D. CPC
Chair, Department of Microbiology
Heersink School of Medicine
UAB|The University of Alabama at Birmingham