This year’s meeting included presentations from eight faculty members— Drs. Mark Walter, Fran Lund, Hubert Tse, George Luo, Peter Prevelige, Christopher Klug, Janusz Kabarowski and David Bedwell.

Justement says that “faculty presentations are very helpful in letting other faculty in different areas of microbiology learn about what their colleagues are doing. It is also an opportunity to share new techniques and resources that are available within the department and at UAB.”

The time spent together at the day-long event at one of Birmingham’s most attractive meeting facilities was, indeed, informative, beneficial, and vibrant. “Hopefully some of the talks and discussions will lead to new shared opportunities for fun and exciting experiments,” says Lund.

Committed to the study of infectious and immune-mediated diseases

The UAB Department of Microbiology is consistently ranked amongst the best microbiology departments in the country, and faculty currently hold more than 50 grants and $13 million in extramural grant funding. We are a vibrant highly collaborative research community actively serving the university mission of excellence in research, service and teaching. 

It is an exciting time to be a scientist at UAB and in the Department of Microbiology. The department is actively recruiting new faculty members and with our existing cadre of investigators and the new faculty who join us, we plan to capitalize on the department’s strong foundation and heritage to build a scientifically rich environment that will allow us to meet our twin missions of carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research to improve human health and educating the next generation of scientists who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases.


We are improving human health by carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research focusing on the bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause human disease. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology have research programs in five broad yet interconnected areas; Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology, Structural Biology and Cancer.


We are educating and training the next generation of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Department of Microbiology faculty participate in teaching classes to undergraduate, graduate and medical students and serve as the organizers and course directors for a number of the graduate level classes.