Message from the Chair

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine (MITM) at the George Washington University is focused on basic and translational research for some of the most socioeconomically devastating infectious diseases in the world, including HIV/AIDS, parasitic diseases such as hookworm infection, schistosomiasis and toxoplasmosis, as well as parasite-induced cancers.

In support of its important research goals, the department was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to rebuild and enhance its laboratories at Ross hall and to expand its translational research activities.

The current faculty members have already made important advances in the studies of parasitic diseases and HIV/AIDS, and we are in the process of recruiting additional faculty to help in the fight to eliminate infectious diseases of poverty.

Following the move into the newly renovated space in Ross Hall at the beginning of 2014, we have created within MITM two centers: The Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty and the Research Center for the Cure and Eradication of HIV. Through these two research centers, we aim to contribute to basic, translational and clinical science to improve and develop new treatments and vaccines for the most impoverished people in the United States and around the world.

Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.
Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine