As the new Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, I am excited to join an outstanding faculty known for their major contributions in molecular and structural virology, viral pathogenesis, and viral and tumor immunology. Members of the faculty have attained national and international recognition for their research endeavors, as evidenced by their outstanding record of scientific publications, membership and leadership roles on national scientific review committees and advisory panels, appointments on editorial boards of leading virology and immunology journals, and strong extramural grant funding. I am excited by the opportunity to build on and extend the strengths of the Department with our recent and future recruitment of faculty with interests in immunology, virology, and microbial pathogenesis.
Studies of microorganisms, their interactions with host cells as well as the immune system, are generating knowledge used to conquer human disease and also providing answers to many of the major scientific questions confronting molecular and cellular biologists. Virology, immunology, oncology, and metabolic diseases are broad research areas being pursued by various members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey. Research opportunities are available to explore interactions of viruses with host cells and organisms, virus replication and assembly, viral latency and reactivation, and innate and adaptive immune responses in host defense, autoimmunity, and mucosal immunity and inflammation.
The Department provides an outstanding research environment for training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our Department encourages excellence and fosters strong interactions with members of the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research staff. Our Department also proudly enjoys a graduate student and postdoctoral fellowship training program supported by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Our graduates have been highly successful in obtaining postdoctoral positions in leading laboratories at major research centers and establishing rewarding careers as scientific investigators and educators.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn about the research interests and activities of our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Aron Lukacher, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair