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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Immunology and Microbiology merged in January 2017 to form the new Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. 

While we build a unified website, information about our programs, students, staff, and faculty will remain available at our legacy websites:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have become central to the biological revolution that is transforming the life of all humans. Our goal is to prepare students for active participation in this exciting area of human endeavor, by investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes, with emphasis by focusing on the relationship between macromolecular structure and function. Our research programs range from investigations of the detailed interactions of biological molecules and to broad studies of evolutionary processes. The department has undergone a major expansion in the area of in structural biology, with new faculty who have nationally ranked programs in x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Read more.

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Approach to Managing PACU Patients with a Focus on Specific Cases
October 18 2017 at 7:00 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring Randolph Hastings, M.D., Ph.D., of the VA San Diego Health care System, University of California, San Diego. Presented by the WSU Department of Anesthesiology.
ENT Manifestations of Tuberculosis
October 18 2017 at 7:30 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring James Sunstrum, M.D. Presented by the WSU Department of Otolaryngology.
Kresge Eye Institute Vision Research Workshop
October 18 2017 at 8:00 AM
Kresge Eye Institute
The Kresge Eye Institute will present the Vision Research Workshop, featuring the Robert N. Frank Clinical Translational Lectureship, on Oct. 18. Scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, the event will take place in the Jampel Auditorium in the Kresge Eye Institute. The Vision Research Workshop is a trainee-run symposium of posters and papers from throughout the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital and Oakland University. It highlights the research accomplishments of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants/associates, residents, clinical fellows and medical students. Keynote speaker Rachel Caspi, Ph.D., head of the Immunoregulation Section and chief of the Laboratory of Immunology for the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will present “Commensal Microbiota and the Eye.” Dr. Caspi is a tenured senior investigator who also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research centers on responses to immunologically-privileged retinal antigens in animal models of autoimmune uveitis, a potentially blinding human disease. Her recent work emphasizes the role of the gut microbiome in this process. Dr. Caspi’s work studies have elucidated many basic mechanisms and helped devise clinically-relevant immunotherapeutic approaches. She is the recipient of the 2010 Friedenwald Award and the 2012 Alcon Research Institute Award, and has written and co-written more than 240 publications. Register for the event at
Human Trafficking
October 18 2017 at 8:30 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring Dr. Chan. Presented by the WSU Department of Otolaryngology.
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