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Dr. Klemens J. Hertel with students in his lab

Research

Faculty members of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at UC Irvine School of Medicine are cutting-edge molecular biologists with research interests in the regulation of gene expression and host-pathogen interactions. The long-term goals of our research efforts are to understand the fundamental biological principles that mediate programmed cellular responses to infection or disease, so that effective therapeutic treatments can be developed.

Research in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics is both comprehensive and interdisciplinary. While our faculty members invest most of their efforts in basic research, they also extend their work towards translational studies and clinical applications.

Research in our department is divided into two major categories:

Molecular Genetics

Microbiology