• Gary Dunny Receives Don B. Clewell Award

    Gary Dunny received the second Don B. Clewell Award at the 5th International Conference on Enterococci in Chamonix, France for his vision and leadership in the field of Enterococcal research. Congratulations, Gary!

  • Dave Masopust is named the 2018 inductee into the AHC Academy for Excellence in Health Research

    Congratulations to David Masopust on election to the Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research. The Academy is the AHC’s highest recognition of excellence of research by AHC faculty. Dr. Masopust’s election will be recognized at a reception on November 20 and his portrait will be added to the Academy display on the second floor of Moos Tower.

  • Marc Jenkins Receives 2018 Regents Professorship

    Distinguished McKnight Professor Marc Jenkins, Ph.D., one of the world’s most distinguished immunologists, has been named one of three recipients of a 2018 Regents Professorship. The Regents Professorship recognizes the national and international prominence of faculty members and is the University's highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work and contributions to the public good.

  • Microbiology Research Facility

    The department moved to its new home in the fall of 2015. The Microbiology Research Facility adjoins the north side of the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building and is the final addition to the Biomedical Discovery District.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a community of scholars committed to discovering and disseminating knowledge about the microbial world. Our faculty's interests and expertise encompass some of the most exciting areas of contemporary microbiology and immunology, ranging from the physiology and development of microorganisms to the molecular pathogenesis of infections.


Students here have an opportunity to become junior colleagues with our faculty and engage in a collective effort to research the enigmas of modern biology and, in that pursuit, learn the technologies that have emerged in the past decade. Our faculty is dedicated to providing a unified body of knowledge, stimulating curiosity about the enduring questions in microbiology and immunology, and addressing these issues through joint research projects.

New building

The new building is located to the north of the just-opened Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, and is the final addition to the Biomedical Discovery District.

Lectureship Series

Winford P. Larson was appointed as the first head of the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology in 1919 and served in that capacity for 29 years. During his long tenure, Larson built a distinguished department that ranked nationally just behind the departments at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. In 1996, through a generous gift from Dr. Larson's daughter, Lorna Larson Ordal, the department was able to establish the Winford P. Larson Lectureship Series.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

Learn more about our commitment to research ethics