Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Pitt’s Jonas Salk Chair for Vaccine Research explains why we need multiple candidate vaccines, what’s special about SARS-CoV-2 and why he’s hopeful about the future.
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Underrepresented undergraduate students interested in microbiology or immunology can apply for a new scholarship program to support their studies.
Three seedlings in the soil
The 2020 Pitt Seed Grant winners span departments, Community Engagement Centers and regional campuses in subjects as varied as dependent care, STEM research and National Science Foundation grant preparation. The program, now in its third year, supports projects that align with the six goals in The Plan for Pitt.
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Tackling today's challenges requires more than an educated mind and the right tools: It takes a heart of gold. Meet some of the student leaders making a difference at Pitt—where the challenge is always accepted.
Coronavirus
Pitt virologists answer questions concerning coronavirus and how the recent outbreak started.
JoAnne Flynn
As part of the global push to prevent tuberculosis, Distinguished Professor JoAnne Flynn and a group of Pitt and National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered that intravenously injecting the standard tuberculosis vaccine could boost its power.
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Emily Klonicki spent the summer in a NASA lab helping to develop filters to keep microbes from contaminating Mars.