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Message from the Chairman

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University was founded in 1931 by Professor Everett Murray.  Since that time, the department has been an international landmark for advanced research and education in the fields of Infection and Immunity.  Over the years, members of this department have made fundamental discoveries in Biology and Medicine and have ensured the translation of this new knowledge into treatments for conditions such as HIV infection, leishmaniasis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other immune-mediated diseases.

Our faculty members explore the interaction between microbes and the immune system, working across disciplinary boundaries and using cutting-edge approaches.  At this interface, we pioneer new ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases of global reach, and research novel cell-based therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases and organ transplantation.

And we share the excitement of our research with a vibrant and energetic team of undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through innovative educational approaches that promote hands-on problem solving and life-long learning.  Whether you are looking at undergraduate education, graduate programs or post-graduate training, our department will provide you with all the opportunities that come with being in a top department in one of the top twenty universities in the world and amid the lively city of Montreal.

McGill’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology is looking to the future with anticipation. We are positioning ourselves to optimize new opportunities for discoveries, to translate these discoveries in promoting human health, and to reach out to the local and global communities to educate the leaders of tomorrow.

 It is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to the department of Microbiology and Immunology webpage. Come in, explore it and experience the fascination of research and the pleasure of learning. 

 Together, through research and education, we can build a healthy tomorrow.


Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas

Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology