The Designated Emphasis in Host Microbe Interaction

The Designated Emphasis in Host Microbe Interaction

We live in a world teeming with microbes. One of the most influential areas of modern biomedical science is elucidating the ramifications and complexity of host-microbe interactions that affect animal and plant health, and dramatically influence micro- and macro-ecosystems. Fueled by technological advances, we are entering a new era of interdisciplinary approaches that enable investigators to delve deeply into the reciprocal influence of host and microbes. Training new scientists in this area will fill an unmet potential for UC Davis graduate education. The DE-HMI will synergize the campus' scholarly power to train scientific leaders that will drive new technological transformation both in the academic and private sector arenas. In addition, training students to work within an arena of interdisciplinary investigation will enable them to tackle pressing and difficult problems that they will encounter throughout their scientific careers. The DE-HMI will train students with various backgrounds to engage in science that requires a multidisciplinary approach. No graduate program at UC Davis provides the necessary educational background to enable students to rigorously investigate the complex mechanisms that underlie host-microbe interaction. The DE-HMI fills that need.

Contact Information

DE Director - Dr. Chuck Bevins,

Administrator - Jessica Drushell,

Required Courses (2)

  • MMI 200D (Mechanisms for Microbial Interactions with Hosts)

          And choose at least one of the following two courses:

  • IMM 201 (Basic Immunology)
  • PLP 210 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interaction)

Elective Courses (3)

(A total of three elective courses are required, and must include at least one course from both categories A and B below. Similar courses may satisfy the elective requirement with prior permission of the Executive Committee).

A.  Host Response to Microbes

  • IMM 204 (Topics in Innate Immunity)
  • IMM 293 (Advanced Concepts in Immunology)
  • IMM 297 (Mucosal Immunology)
  • PMI 202 (Integrated Pathobiology Core 2)

B.  Microbiology

  • MIC 262 (Advanced General & Molecular Virology)
  • MMI 280 (The Endogenous Microbiota in Health and Disease)
  • VME 225 (Viral Pathogenesis)

Seminars (2)

(A total of two is required. Similar courses may satisfy the elective requirement with prior permission of the Executive Committee).

  • MIC 292 (Bacterial Effector Proteins)
  • MMI 298 (Current Topics in Host-Microbe Interactions)
  • MMI 291 (Seminar Series, Emerging Challenges in Microbiology and Immunology)
  • CDB 298 (Eukaryotic Cell Signaling Systems)

HMI Biweekly Work-In-Progress Meetings (50 over 5 years)

  • Attend a total of 50 meetings (To obtain credit, forward the email announcement of each attended meeting to  These forwards/emails will be kept on file, and serve to track your attendance).

Regional Symposia, Retreats, National and Local Meetings (1/yr)

(examples :  UCD HMI Retreat, Bay Areas Microbial Pathogenesis Symposium (BAMPS), Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses, The Annual Microbiology Student Symposium at UC Berkeley, Annual Infection & Host Response:  From Basic Science to Global Health Symposium, Mid-Winter Conference for Immunologists at Asilomar)

  • Attend one annually

Qualifying Examination Requirements:

  • Exam must include one DE-HMI Faculty Member

Dissertation Requirement:

  • One Dissertation Committee Member must be a DE-HMI Faculty Member

Affiliated Faculty:

  • Andreas Baumler
  • Chuck Bevins
  • Satya Dandekar
  • Scott Dawson
  • Laurel Gershwin
  • Brian Murphy
  • Kathy De Riemer
  • Shirley Luckhart
  • Maria Marco
  • David Mills
  • Stephen McSorley
  • Helen Raybould
  • Stefan Rothenburg
  • Barbara Shacklett
  • Scott Simon
  • Jay Solnick
  • Renee Tsolis
  • Glenn Young
  • Bart Weimer
  • Reen Wu
  • Huaijun Zhou