Novel approaches to infectious diseases and host defenses

The Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research (CMDR) is a multi-faculty, multi-department consortium of world class microbial diseases and immunology researchers located at the University of British Columbia.


Its scope encompasses the molecular mechanisms of bacterial, viral, fungal and microbial parasite pathogenesis, host responses to and defenses against these agents, basic mechanisms of host immunity, and novel therapeutic and clinical approaches to the treatment of microbial and immunological diseases.


Encourage collaboration among microbial diseases and  immunology researchers utilizing different approaches to pursue similar problems

Increase access to research funding by encouraging involvement from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology  industries, and by promoting group and collaborative research grant proposals

Promote graduate and undergraduate education in microbial diseases and immunology