Contact Us

Correspondence for the department may be sent to:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
930 Campus Road, Vet Box 5
Ithaca, NY 14853


Deb Fowell

Deb Fowell, DPhil
Professor of Immunology, Department Chair


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Alexia Zobel
Department Manager 

  • Overall management of Department operations
  • Supervise administrative and teaching support staff
  • Assist in all HR and Workday processes, such as hiring, promotion, reclassifications and reappointments
  • Onboarding and orientation for new students, faculty and staff
  • Oversight of academic programs and classes for University and NYSED compliance

Bonnie Coffin

Bonnie Coffin
Finance Specialist

  • Overall management of Department finances
  • Grant management, monthly reporting and forecasting for individual faculty
  • Post award reporting such as NCE and budget modifications
  • Departmental Budget, capital asset inventory, space inventory, effort certification
  • Appointing graduate students and posting tuition and health insurance

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Karen Hollenbeck
Research Administrator

  • Grant Pre-award proposal prep for submission
  • Post award RPPR reports
  • Subaward/subcontracts set up
  • MTA/NFA guidance
  • Contract/Service Agreements
  • Post award account forecasting for select PIs

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Taylor Trask
Front Office Coordinator and Course Support Assistant

  • General administrative support for the department
  • Seminars & Journal Club support
  • Equipment (billings, arrange for repairs/servicing, service contracts)
  • CVM building and lab access
    • Assign keys to office/lab space
    • Grant access to BSL 3 and confocal labs
  • Arrange travel and expense reports through Concur
  • Coordinating Department events

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Kate Salmon
MPS and M&I Teaching Coordinator

  • Serve as primary contact for the MPS program, update webpage, and serve as GFA for the program
  • Prescreen applicants for MPS, enter admission/rejection letters
  • Main administrative support for grad and undergraduate teaching support: scheduling rooms, record grades, scheduling exams
  • Main administrative support for Block IV: schedule exams, reserve lecture halls, maintain Canvas, record grades

Tim Dal Cero

Tim Dal Cero
Department Technician

  • Serve as department safety rep
  • Monitor and maintain adequate levels of LN2
  • Retrieve and deliver mail and packages
  • Wash glassware
  • Assist with lab moves and office set ups


Dwight Bowman

Dwight Bowman, PhD
Professor of Parasitology, MPS Program Director

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Kate Salmon
MPS and M&I Teaching Coordinator

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Brian Downing
MPS Assistant & Captioner


Cynthia Leifer

Cynthia Leifer, PhD
Professor of Immunology, PACE Program Director

Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Hector Aguilar-Carreno, PhD
Professor of Virology, PACE Program Director