Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is actively recruiting for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in immunology. The candidate is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, nationally funded, research program that aligns with current research interests within the department and other allied research centers. We seek investigators with expertise in the following areas: Host-Microbe Interactions, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity & Inflammation, Immunotherapy, Immunogenetics/Immunoepigenetics. Candidates whose research is focused on the inflammatory microenvironment, monocyte/macrophage biology, immunotherapy and/or oncolytic viruses are particularly encouraged to apply. For consideration, forward a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and research statement by October 1, 2017. Read more about this Immunology position (PDF).

Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Virology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the discipline of Virology to begin July, 2017. We seek applicants with a track record of accomplishments who study virus-host interactions, but other areas of virology will also be considered. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree and relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates at the Associate level are expected to lead an established, NIH-funded research program. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative community that offers outstanding resources and includes faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Center for Infectious Disease Research, the Center for Microbiome Study, the Blood Research Institute, and the Cancer Center. Read more about this Virology position

Welcome John R. Kirby, PhD

The department is pleased to welcome John R. Kirby, PhD, as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, effective January 1, 2017. Since 2014, Dr. Kirby has served as Professor of Microbiology at the University of Iowa (Iowa City) and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He also is Founding Director of the Iowa Microbiology Microbiome Initiative.

Dr. Kirby graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and received his PhD in Biochemistry from that institution in 1998. From 1998-2002, Dr. Kirby was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

John R. Kirby, PhDDr. Kirby’s major areas of research focus on signal transduction in diverse bacteria ranging from soil dwelling spore formers (Bacillus subtilis and Myxococcus xanthus) to biofilm forming pathogens, to microbial communities in the gut. Dr. Kirby is actively investigating interactions between M. xanthus and B. subtilis as a model for predator-prey interactions in vivo, primarily to assess the role of production of specialized metabolites, similar to antibiotics, on both sides of the predator-prey equation. Additionally, he has been examining the role of xenobiotics (antipsychotics, antihypertensives and antibiotics) for their capacity to disrupt the gut microbiota with deleterious consequences on metabolism.

From 2002-2006, Dr. Kirby was Assistant Professor of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Iowa from 2007-2014, before being promoted to the rank of Professor. Additionally at the University of Iowa, Dr. Kirby is a faculty member in the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioengineering; Medical Scientist Training Program; Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Genetics and Informatics; Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center; Sloan Center for Exemplary Mentoring; Interdisciplinary Institute for Human Genetics; Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program; Department of Urology (where he also serves as Director of Residents Research); and Obesity Research and Education Initiative.



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The department is located on the second floor of the Basic Science Building at 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road.

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