Host-Microbe interactions

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The immune system evolved to manage our constant exposure to diverse microbial stimuli, ranging from the smallest viruses to fifty foot-long tapeworms. Researchers in the Department of Immunobiology investigate the full spectrum of possible host-microbe interactions, including antagonistic interactions with parasitic viruses, bacteria, and helminths, as well as mutualistic interactions with the trillions of microbes that live in and on us (our microbiota).