The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue a graduate or undergraduate research program. Our faculty is internationally recognized for contributions in microbiology, molecular biology and immunology. Students will have the opportunity to experience the most up to date molecular approaches to the study of problems in microbiology and immunology.



  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    B.C. sea sponge has COVID-blocking powers
    UBC researchers from the François Jean lab have identified three compounds that prevent COVID-19 infection in human cells, derived from natural sources including a B.C. sea sponge.
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022
    Stephanie Besoiu and Petya Popova receive the 2022 Zymeworks Fellowship in Immunotherapeutics
    We are pleased to congratulate Stephanie Besoiu and Petya Popova, recipients of the 2022 Zymeworks Fellowship in Immunotherapeutics. This award is offered to two graduate students each year, one from the UBC Department of M&I and one from UBC MSL.
  • Monday, October 31, 2022
    M&I Staff Celebrate 25+ year milestones in the department
    This year, May Dang Lawson, Gilly Veniegas and John Nomellini celebrated milestone work anniversaries in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.


  • Crowe Lab
    Carbon pump dynamics and limited organic carbon burial during OAE1a
  • Haney Lab
    Origins of symbiosis: shared mechanisms underlying microbial pathogenesis, commensalism and mutualism of plants and animals
  • Horwitz Lab
    Gammaherpesvirus infection drives age-associated B cells toward pathogenicity in EAE and MS



Seminar - Photosynthesis regulation and redesign in cyanobacteria

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 12:30pm Xin Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Miami University


Seminar - Using synthetic biology to understand and control living electronics across scales

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 12:30pm Joshua T. Atkinson
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Physics and Astronomy - University of Southern California; Center for Electromicrobiology - Aarhus University


Faculty Candidate Seminar

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:30pm Details