Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

About the Department

The faculty in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology has been consistently tackling hard questions and then raising the bar further by continuing to ask difficult questions. Research topics in the department include exciting areas such as herpesviruses, antibiotic resistance, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), emerging viral pathogens, influenza, allergy, autoimmune diseases, vaccine development, immunotherapy, cancer and more.

The department’s research studies, in collaborations with clinicians and the larger academic community, are meant to understand pathogens, their hosts and mechanisms of disease – all in the hope of curing or treating ailments. Every day, our researchers are amazed and enthused by the paths down which their research takes them.

About the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Jae Jung, MD

“We ask questions and seek answers with the ultimate goal of bettering human health.”
Jae Jung, PhD
Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
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Zika proteins responsible for microcephaly identified

USC researchers have identified two Zika proteins potentially responsible for thousands of microcephaly cases in Brazil and elsewhere — taking one small step toward preventing Zika-infected mothers from birthing babies with abnormally small heads. The Zika virus contains 10 proteins, but only NS4A and NS4B matter when it comes to microcephaly, according to a USC-led study
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6th Annual USC Hands-On Neuro-Endoscopy Course for Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology Residents

6th Annual USC Hands-On Neuro-Endoscopy Course for Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology Residents

01/27/2016 - 01/28/2017
Keck School of Medicine, Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center, 2250 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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