Infection Biology

Infection Biology covers a wide range of scientific areas, from studies of the host response to microbial pathogens, to the basic biology of the microbes themselves, to development of drugs and other approaches to combat infection.

The Charge

The Infection Biology Task Force will develop a strategic plan that includes recommendations to influence future recruitment, graduate training, and infrastructure investments for the coming years. While the plan will focus on investments on the Ithaca campus, the task force includes key participants from Weill Cornell Medicine in order to further unify our campuses academically and take advantage of aggregate strengths in fundamental and clinical aspects of infection biology to develop greater collaborations and multi-investigator proposals. The task force will shape and strengthen programs in microbiology, virology, immunology, immunotherapy, as well as related areas of basic and applied biology. The planning exercise should be completed within the 2016-17 academic year, and it is anticipated that the task force will play a critical, ongoing role in coordinating and facilitating recruitments, fostering collaborations, and implementing other aspects of the recommendations.

Task Force

Name Field
Avery August Microbiology and Immunology
Ilana Brito Biomedical Engineering
Alan Collmer School of Integrative Plant Sciences – Plant Biology, Plant Microbe
John Helmann Microbiology
Brian Lazzaro Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Saurabh Mehta Nutritional Sciences
Chris Myers Physics and Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics
Kyu Rhee Weill Department of Medicine
Brian Rudd Microbiology and Immunology
David Russell Microbiology and Immunology
Kelly Zamudio Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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