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Response to Infection

A major interest is the study of infectious organisms—bacterial, viral, and parasitic—and the immune response to them. A great deal of effort is directed toward understanding the way in which the immune system initiates, executes, and resolves an immune response against the pathogens and how these responses differ throughout the lifespan of an organism from early life through childhood, adulthood, and in the elderly. In addition, there are strong interests in understanding: strategies used by microbes to avoid the immune system, post-infectious syndromes, and developing novel vaccination approaches.