Microbiology #5 Ranking Celebration

Duke named 5th globally in microbiology by US News and World Report    

There are many who have contributed to advance microbiology across our campus, including basic science and clinical departments, and the collaborative and collegial nature of the institution has fostered an environment that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations that advance excellence in microbial sciences.  Duke has a history of strength and both depth and breadth in virology that began when Bill Joklik was Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and which continues to this day, in part sponsored by the Center for Virology and the Human Vaccine Institute.  Similarly Duke has a history of excellence in mycology, and much of this stems from the tireless efforts of John Perfect, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine.  In 2002 a group of investigators focused on bacterial pathogens were brought together (Meta Kuehn, Soman Abraham, Rich Frothingham, and Ken Wilson) and assisted in the recruitment of additional colleagues working on bacterial pathogens that led to the success of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, which became the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions.  The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology founded and supports and sustains the Center for Virology, the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions, and the Duke Microbiome Center, and thereby provides a series of forums that promote collaboration between basic scientists and physician-scientists.  The success of microbiology as a discipline at Duke is attributable to many contribution centers, departments, institutes, and programs, and the faculty and colleagues who bring their talents and energy to bear on understanding our microbial world and developing ways to mitigate the impact of microbial pathogens on human health.”  Joseph Heitman, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

“Duke MGM has led a successful effort to establish microbiome sciences at Duke.  Recruitment of microbiome faculty into MGM formed a nidus that served to motivate and support other Duke faculty within and beyond MGM to engage in microbiome research.  As a result, we now have a spectrum of exciting microbiome research projects happening at Duke.  This includes development of novel computational approaches to understand and predict microbiome perturbations, design of new probiotics and prebiotics therapies, establishment of much-needed genetic tools for “genetically intractable” microbes, development of approaches for engineering environmental and host-associated microbiomes, and defining the molecular mechanisms by which microbiomes contribute to human diseases.  These research projects have been supported by innovative graduate training programs such as the NSF-funded Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM) Program, and by the intellectual environment and resources provided by the new Duke Microbiome Center and other Duke Centers.” (John Rawls)

A reception to celebrate Duke University being named 5th globally in microbiology by US News and World Report was held on Tuesday February 27th, 2018, 4:30 to 6 or 6:30 pm, Great Hall, Trent Semans Center. The celebration was a time to thank the various groups who contribute to the success of microbiology at Duke by working so productively and collaboratively for recruitment, mentorship, and advancing research programs:  The Human Vaccine Institute, the Global Health Institute, the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, the Infectious Diseases Divisions of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Photos of the event: February 27, 2018: A reception to celebrate Duke’s #5 global ranking in Microbiology

Link to US News and World Report: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/microbiology