Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, encompassing bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology. Immunology is a branch of biomedical science that deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders; and the physical, chemical, and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system.
Research in the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) focuses on molecular microbiology, immunology, medical mycology, virology, microbial genomics, vaccine development, and biodefense. Within STCEID are state-of-the-art facilities which include high-level biological containment, extensive infectious disease animal modeling, high throughput drug and genomic screening, and immunological profiling.
For more information on microbiology and immunology, go to the American Society for Microbiology.