PubMed – The NCBI's search service, providing access to over 11 million citations in MEDLINE and other related databases.

PubCrawler – In addition to describing some of the graduate student activities in the department, PubCrawler is also the name of a very useful publication-tracking site. It monitors peer-reviewed journals for publications matching a user's description, and emails alerts.

PubMed Central – An archive of free online life sciences journal literature that is developed and managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Public Library of Science (PLoS) – A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a free public resource. Some free online journals of particular interest include: PLoS BiologyPLoS GeneticsPLoS Computational Biology and PLoS Pathogens.

BioMedCentral – An independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

Cell – The premiere journal of cellular and molecular biology.

EMBO Journal – The journal of the European Molecular Biology Organization.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – Published by the CDC, this journal catalogs the current trends in public health in the United States.

Nature – The internationally-renowned journal was a latecomer to the online publication game, but is rapidly making up for lost time.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) – The official journal of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

Science – One of the best science sites online.


Areas of Faculty Interest

PubMed – The NCBI's search service, providing access to over 11 million citations in MEDLINE and other related databases.

Legionella pneumophila Genome Project – The complete sequence of the Legionella genome has been determined between a collaboration at Columbia of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, the Genome Center and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

J. Bacteriol. – The Journal of Bacteriology online.

The E. coli Index – A web resource for researchers working on E. coli and the home of EchoBASE and coliBASE.

NCBI Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) – The NCBI's BLAST finds regions of local similarity between sequences, including all of the sequences currently in their GenBank database.

Computational Biology Links – A comprehensive list of useful computational biology links, maintained by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology's Introduction to Computational Biology course.

Mol. Cell. Biol. – The online version of the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

J. Cell Biol. – The Journal of Cell Biology, with articles available online.

J. Mol. Biol. – The Journal of Molecular Biology.

J. Immunology – Read the Journal of Immunology and search its contents online.

CCID – The Center for Complex Infectious Disease studies the interactions of the immune system with pathogens. Parasitology

The American Society of Parasitologists – The web site for the American Society of Parasitologists, including a free archive of the Journal of Parasitology.

J. Virol. – The Journal of Virology online.

All the Virology on the WWW – A meta-site of links to virology-related sites. It is not quite as complete as its title claims, but it is pretty good.

An Electronic Introduction To Molecular Virology – A Web-based textbook with some interesting features.

Bock Laboratories at UW-Madison – This site provides a tremendous amount of information for molecular virology. Among other things, you can download crystallography data or link to journals from here.

Herpes Zone – Aimed at a more general audience, this page focuses on medical aspects of herpesviruses.

Herpesviruses – Another medically-oriented herpes page.

The Polio Information Center Online (PICO) – General information on the molecular biology and medical aspects of poliovirus, with extensive links to outside resources.

Virology Weblog – A weblog about viruses and viral disease, maintained by Vincent Racaniello

Virus Particle Explorer – A collection of structural images of icosahedral viruses, consistently oriented to make comparison straightforward.

The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Yeast – A meta-site for information on yeast molecular biology, especially Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe.


Microbiology & Immunology Resources

BioChemNet – Information about biochemistry research and education, including current news stories.

Community of Science Web Server – Based at Johns Hopkins, this resource aims to bring scientists across different disciplines and geographies together.

Glossary of Microbiology – Can't figure out a term? This is a good place to start searching for an explanation.

HHMI Beyond Bio 101: Table of Contents – An interesting idea that brings science to the public and updates information currently taught at the secondary and college levels. Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

United Kingdom National Culture Collection – The online database of the UKNCC, which has a collection of over 70,000 microorganism and cell line strains.

Cells Alive! – Photos, drawings, and movies of microbial interactions with cells of the immune system.

Microbes Info – The Microbiology Information Portal.

Bugs on the Web Index – Many links to microbiology-related sites.



Columbia University – The academic and research institution where the Department of Microbiology & Immunology is based.

Columbia University Medical Center – The medical campus of Columbia University where the Department of Microbiology & Immunology is based.

Columbia Center for Translational Immunology (CCTI) – A multi-departmental, multidisciplinary research center aimed at optimizing translation of advances in basic immunology from the laboratory to the clinical setting.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The center in Atlanta responsible for monitoring and preventing diseases ranging from cancer to avian influenza virus.

World Health Organization (WHO) – The WHO is the branch of the United Nations responsible for monitoring and improving public health around the world.

Johns Hopkins University Department of Infectious Disease – A university department with a very informative website.

Rockefeller University – Right across town from Columbia University's Medical Center campus, Rockefeller is one of the other major research centers in the city.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Much of the research you have been reading about here at Columbia is funded by the NIH. Their site offers a wealth of information on related resources.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) – The NCBI is the branch of the NIH responsible for creating and maintaining biomedical databases and online tools for biological research, including PubMedNCBI BLAST and GenBank.

Web Design and Development

Kallistic – the design firm Kallisti LLC designed and developed the new website for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and its associated laboratory websites on the Squarespace platform.