• Portion of a "Pico-Titer Plate"

    A pico-titer plate containing millions of tiny wells in which miniaturized chemical reactions can be performed.

    Courtesy of: Bumgarner Lab

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa in co-culture

    Structural component of bacterial targeting type VI secretion system P. aeruginosa (green) assembled in presence of competitor organism (red).

    Courtesy of: Mougous Lab

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa expressing different amounts of exopolysaccharides.

    Courtesy of: Harwood Lab

  • Inflammatory Death of Mouse Macrophages

    Mouse macrophages undergoing pyroptosis.

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

  • Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages

    Human monocyte-derived macrophages cultivated on microwell chips.

    Courtesy of: Mittler Lab

  • The Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

    Zoonotic vector of the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi.

    Courtesy of: Mougous Lab
    Photo Credit: Matthew Pinski
  • 3D Illustration of Influenza Virus

    Surface protrusions represent viral hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) proteins.

    Courtesy of: Katze Lab

  • YopM Crystal Structure

    Crystal structure of the Yersinia virulence protein YopM

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

  • HIV-1 Envelope Evolution

    Reconstructed phylogenetic network of HIV-1 envelope sequences (C2-V5) from subtype B.

    Courtesy of: Mullins Lab


Latest News

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle is conducting a search for an Assistant Professor in the area of Virology. The ideal candidate will develop a cutting-edge, innovative research program in viral pathogenesis or virus-host interactions; however, all highly qualified individuals pursuing research on eukaryotic viruses are encouraged to apply. The Microbiology department is part of an extensive network of research institutes in Seattle that supports a renowned group of virologists and offers a wealth of resources and opportunities for collaboration.

Postdoc John Whitney, part of a research team led by Joseph Mougous, UW Associate Professor of Microbiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is featured in this UW Health Sciences NewsBeat article about the team's research into how Pseudomonas aeruginosa is able to deliver a deadly toxin to competitor bacteria.

The University of Washington Microbiology Department was ranked #2 in "Best Global Universities for Microbiology" by U.S. News and World Report, up from #3 last year! More info here.

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