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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Immunology and Microbiology merged in January 2017 to form the new Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. 

While we build a unified website, information about our programs, students, staff, and faculty will remain available at our legacy websites:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have become central to the biological revolution that is transforming the life of all humans. Our goal is to prepare students for active participation in this exciting area of human endeavor, by investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes, with emphasis by focusing on the relationship between macromolecular structure and function. Our research programs range from investigations of the detailed interactions of biological molecules and to broad studies of evolutionary processes. The department has undergone a major expansion in the area of in structural biology, with new faculty who have nationally ranked programs in x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Read more.

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Targeting immune regulators to treat autoimmunity and cancer
October 17 2017 at 11:30 AM
Scott Hall
Featuring Eric Sebzda, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Division of Molecular Pathogenesis, for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Presented by the WSU Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry.
Workshop: How to Use COS Pivot to Search for External Funding
October 17 2017 at 2:00 PM
Shiffman Library
Wayne State University subscribes to COS Pivot, a searchable funding opportunities and expertise database. It is available to all WSU faculty, staff and students, who may register for free.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to a hands-on demonstration to learn how to join and use COS Pivot.  Whether your work is in the sciences or the arts, COS Pivot services can help find funding to support your research. Much more efficient than Googling, the database is an aggregation of funding information that is verified for accuracy, updated for currency and formatted for quick, targeted searching.  COS Pivot is available to all current WSU faculty, staff and students. COS Pivot Quick Start Guide  This training seminar will take place Tuesday, October 17 from 2 to 3 pm.  This event is free, but registration is required!
Knowledge on Tap presents ... Fear Factors: What are we afraid of — and why?
October 17 2017 at 5:30 PM
HopCat Detroit
Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new.What’s the difference between those who enjoy horror movies, haunted houses or roller coasters and those who don’t?What is fear, why do we experience it and are we any different from other animals in experiencing and learning fear?  Join Dr. Arash Javanbakht — assistant professor and director of the Stress, Trauma and Anxiety Research Clinic in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State’s School of Medicine — as he answers the above questions and more. He will also discuss what fears are normal and whether fear and anxiety can be fixed. Join us starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.As a clinician, Javanbakht treats people with fear, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including civilians, police officers and firefighters. He also teaches resident physicians, medical students and neuroscience graduate students about fear, anxiety, trauma and their biology.As a researcher, he studies neurobiological mechanisms of fear, anxiety and emotional trauma to understand changes in the physiological functions of the body and the brain when people sustain terrible traumatic experiences. Javanbakht also studies factors contributing to vulnerability and resilience to emotional trauma, at the genetic and brain levels.Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.
Approach to Managing PACU Patients with a Focus on Specific Cases
October 18 2017 at 7:00 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring Randolph Hastings, M.D., Ph.D., of the VA San Diego Health care System, University of California, San Diego. Presented by the WSU Department of Anesthesiology.
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