• Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa expressing different amounts of exopolysaccharides.

    Courtesy of: Harwood Lab

  • HIV-1 Envelope Evolution

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

    Courtesy of: Mullins Lab

  • YopM Crystal Structure

    Crystal structure of the Yersinia virulence protein YopM

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

  • Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages

    Human monocyte-derived macrophages cultivated on microwell chips.

    Courtesy of: Mittler 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

  • 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

  • 3D Illustration of Influenza Virus

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

    Courtesy of: Katze Lab

  • The Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

    Zoonotic vector of the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi.

    Courtesy of: Mougous Lab
    Photo Credit: Matthew Pinski
  • Inflammatory Death of Mouse Macrophages

    Mouse macrophages undergoing pyroptosis.

    Courtesy of: Miller Lab


The University of Washington Department of Microbiology was founded in 1905 and the first Ph.D. was awarded in 1930. It quickly became and still remains one of the premier biological science departments in the country. The department has a national reputation for high quality teaching and an international reputation for excellence in research. The department is in the School of Medicine but it is responsible for an undergraduate microbiology major, and a graduate program. More than 30 departmental faculty serve as graduate student research advisors. While the majority of faculty members have research laboratories within the Health Sciences Building, several faculty work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Resear ch Center, the Northwest Regional Primate Research Center and the UW Rosen Research Building.

Latest News

Sokurenko Lab research into a novel antibody with potential therapeutic uses against E. coli is featured here.

Congratulations to Joseph Mougous who has been named as one of 26 new HHMI Investigators. With this appointment, Joseph joins a very select group of highly innovative and productive scholars across the nation who are at the forefront of their respective fields.  For more information about the announcement go to the HHMI web site.

The Microbiology Department welcomes our incoming graduate students:

Renae Cruz (University of California, Los Angeles)

Alex Pollock (University of California, Berkeley)

Brittany Ruhland (Tufts University)

Sofiya Shevchenko (University of Toronto)

Justin Ulrich-Lewis (University of Michigan) 

Daniel Vogt (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)

Congratulations to Dr. Wilson for successfully defending her dissertation: “Host-defense peptides enhance enteric viral infection in a small intestinal organoid model and in vivo


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