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 Message from the Chair

The primary mission of the Department is to educate medical students in the fields of infectious diseases and immunology and to prepare graduate students for leadership careers in the biological and health-related sciences.  The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is comprised of faculty who are internationally recognized for their outstanding research contributions, and who have been formally acknowledged for teaching, mentoring and inspiring students in the medical sciences.  Our graduate program is designed to provide students with a broad educational experience and to prepare them for productive careers in the biomedical sciences.
This is an exciting time of growth for the Department.  Along with the ongoing campus expansion - new UAMS hospital, new education/classroom building, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute expansion - the Department is adding new faculty. The Department is currently comprised of 17 primary faculty. We have added five new faculty in the past 2 years. Three additional faculty will be recruited over the next 2 years bringing our total primary faculty to 20. The major areas of research activity in the Department include; microbial pathogenesis and immunology (Borrelia, Chlamydia, Coxiella, E. coli, Staphylococcus, gammaherpesvirus,) and immunology/cell biology (cancer, aging, nutrition). With the addition of new faculty comes increased diversity of research programs and additional research opportunity for students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists.

I am pleased to serve as Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology during this period of growth and expansion, and invite you to peruse our web site to learn more about our research and graduate programs, UAMS and the city of Little Rock.

Richard P. Morrison, Ph.D.