Infection Biology

The Task Force:

Name Field
August, Avery Microbiology and Immunology
Brito, Ilana Biomedical Engineering
Collmer, Alan School of Integrative Plant Sciences – Plant Biology, Plant Microbe
Helmann, John Microbiology
Lazzaro, Brian Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mehta, Saurabh Nutritional Sciences
Myers, Chris Physics and Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics
Rhee, Kyu Weill Department of Medicine
Rudd, Brian Microbiology and Immunology
Russell, David Microbiology and Immunology
Zamudio, Kelly Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Charge:

The Infection Biology Task Force will develop a strategic plan that includes recommendations to influence future recruitment, graduate training, and infrastructure investments for the coming years. While the plan will focus on investments on the Ithaca campus, the task force includes key participants from Weill Cornell Medicine in order to further unify our campuses academically and take advantage of aggregate strengths in fundamental and clinical aspects of infection biology to develop greater collaborations and multi-investigator proposals. The task force will shape and strengthen programs in microbiology, virology, immunology, immunotherapy, as well as related areas of basic and applied biology. The planning exercise should be completed within the 2016-17 academic year, and it is anticipated that the task force will play a critical, ongoing role in coordinating and facilitating recruitments, fostering collaborations, and implementing other aspects of the recommendations.