• YopM Crystal Structure

    Crystal structure of the Yersinia virulence protein YopM

    Courtesy of: Cookson 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

  • HIV-1 Envelope Evolution

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

    Courtesy of: Mullins 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

  • Quorum sensing in Vibrio fischeri

    Lux genes coding for light production are activated by quorum sensing at high cell density. The light produced by the bacteria exposed the film for the image.
    Courtesy: Greenberg Lab



  • 3D Illustration of Influenza Virus

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

    Courtesy of: Katze Lab

  • Bacteriophage in biofilm

    Filamentous bacteriophage organizing the biofilm matrix into a liquid crystal
    Courtesy: Singh Lab



  • Emergence of Highly Pathogenic Clones of Escherichia coli

    Genetic typing of uropathogeic E. coli reveals strong association of some clones with high sensitivity or extreme resistance to multiple antibiotics.

    Courtesy: Sokurenko 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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