To eradicate disease, we must understand how infection takes hold.

Ohio State researchers bring together multiple perspectives across paired disciplines of microbiology and immunology. We study how hosts respond to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites — and their immune systems’ ability to fight those infections.

At Ohio State, we work together to study the interaction between microbes and hosts of all scales — whether that host is a cell or cells, a person, animal or plant. Our questions: How does a pathogen and host interact? Does the microbe infect the host and lead to disease? Or does the host fight back to kill the pathogen? We study these critical questions, which lead to solutions for fighting disease: new vaccines and targeted therapies.

Breakthrough discoveries like these are the building blocks of our work, and the basis for developing new ways to fight infectious diseases, from the common cold to global pandemics.

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