We would like to extend an enthusiastic welcome to the Department of Molecular Microbiology website here at the Washington University School of Medicine.


Our students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty comprise an outstanding group of scientific researchers, pursuing some of the most exciting questions throughout every aspect of modern microbiology.  As you read the materials found here, you will learn that this program represents one of the premier Microbiology graduate and research programs in the United States, and as such is very special.


In 2002 we moved into the new McDonnell Pediatric Research Building, located in the heart of the Medical School campus. This state of the art facility houses the Molecular Microbiology Department as well as many members of the Microbial Pathogenesis program within the Infectious Disease Divisions of the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics. This setting provides an exciting new interface where advances in basic sciences can be rapidly translated into clinical practice, and conversely, where clinical problems in infectious diseases can rapidly be attacked by basic science researchers.


In 2009 a new Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research was formed (cWIDR), headed by Scott Hultgren Ph.D. and is housed in the newly constructed BJC Institute of Health at Washington University.


Our goal is to bring together outstanding students and faculty in an exciting environment in which you can learn the most sophisticated scientific approaches, hear about the most recent scientific advances, and be challenged by the opportunity to develop exciting new projects at the cutting-edge of modern research.


The intellectual climate at Washington University is highly rigorous, but also accompanied by warmly collegial and collaborative environment that facilitates learning and research.


  Best regards,
Stephen M. Beverley, Ph.D.
  Chairman of Molecular Microbiology