Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) (Eaton, Dirita, Wilkinson, Keller, He, Nemzek)
The Director of ULAM is Howard G. Rush, DVM, Associate Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine; Diplomate, ACLAM. Research within ULAM focuses on animal model development, bioinformatics, microbial pathogenesis, inflammatory lung disease, and diseases of laboratory animals.
Microbiology and Immunology (Vernon Carruthers has a primary appointment in this department and Drs. Kathryn Eaton, Victor DiRita, Yongqun He, Gary Huffnagle, and Sonja Gerrard)
Dr. Harry L.T. Mobley, PhD, is the Frederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. The department has four main areas of research: microbial physiology and genetics, microbial pathogenesis, virology, and immunology. Particular emphasis has recently been placed on microbial pathogenesis with the addition of several new members to the primary faculty who have research focus in this area. The department maintains its own transgenic mouse facility for investigations into basic questions of immune system function. In addition to the members of primary faculty, joint appointees in Oral Biology, Transplantation Surgery and Laboratory Animal Medicine expand the range of research and training opportunities available. Members of the faculty are also heavily involved in research and administration within the University of Michigan Cancer Center and the Cellular Biotechnology Training Program. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology administers over $2.5 million in NIH-funded research grants, and is the home department for the T32 Cellular Biotechnology Training Program (Joel Swanson, Director) and the Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis Training Program (Vic DiRita, director). Vernon Carruthers has a primary appointment in this department and Drs. Kathryn Eaton, Victor DiRita, Yongqun He, Gary Huffnagle, and Sonja Gerrard have joint appointments.
Internal Medicine (Gary Huffnagle, Bethany Moore, Michal Olszewski, and Theodore Standiford)
The Chair of Internal Medicine is Robert F. Todd III, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Galen Toews, Professor of Internal Medicine, is the Division Chief for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and is also Director of the T32 Multidisciplinary Training Program in Lung Diseases. Internal Medicine encompasses 14 Divisions with over 500 faculty members. The Department holds an annual research conference that brings together the faculty, fellows and trainees for seminars and discussion of ongoing research activities. Funded-research support in Internal Medicine exceeds $73 million per year.
Pathology (Drs. Steve Kunkel, Nicholas Lukacs, J. Erby Wilkinson, and Jean Nemzek)
The Department of Pathology is chaired by Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, Carl V. Weller Professor of Pathology. The Pathology Department administers $8.2 million per year in sponsored research grants. There are currently over 20 faculty members doing active, sponsored research in areas ranging from the molecular biology of programmed cell death to the regulation of adhesion promoting molecules and cytokines in the inflammatory response. There are nearly 50 pre and postdoctoral students being trained in pathology, and the department administers two T32 training grants.
Section of Vascular Surgery, Dept of Surgery (Wakefield, Myers)
Thomas W. Wakefield, MD, is the S. Martin Lindenauer Professor of Vascular Surgery, and Head of the Section of Vascular Surgery. Research in the specialty of vascular surgery is coordinated through the Conrad Jobst Vascular Surgery Research Laboratories. Four designated units represent the core of these laboratories: a cell biology unit, a biochemistry unit, a large animal operating room, and a small animal study unit. Dr. Wakefield is Director of a T32 training grant entitled “Vascular Surgery: Research Training in Vascular Biology.”
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health (Sonja Gerrard)
The Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health is chaired by Hal Morgenstern, PhD. The department has a diverse faculty whose interests range from cancer epidemiology to basic research on bacterial and viral pathogens. Graduate training is offered at both the masters (MPH) and doctorate (Ph.D.) levels. The Department of Epidemiology is the home department for the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Disease and Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations training grants.