The Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) brings together faculty who study the interface between hosts and their associated bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research within CIHMID is varied and diverse and includes both beneficial and pathological interactions in agricultural, veterinary, human clinical, and natural systems.
“One of our primary missions,” says Brian Lazzaro, Entomology/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and director of CIHMID, “is to facilitate interactions among researchers across campus working on different aspects of host-microbe biology. CIHMID promotes interaction through coordination of research symposia, sponsorship of seminars that have campus-wide appeal, and establishment of postdoctoral and undergraduate training programs. ” CIHMID includes the research groups of 41 faculty members, holding appointments in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology, Engineering, and Boyce Thompson Institute.