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Immunology and Nano-Medicine

Research at Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine is mainly focused on molecular and cellular aspects to investigate the interactive role of recreational drugs and HIV-1 infection on human immune system. The work involves unraveling the mechanism of immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 infection, which will help to develop novel therapeutic strategies to reduce drug addiction and HIV disease in drug abusing HIV-1 infected patients. The department also conducts research on developing nanocarrier drug delivery systems to target therapeutic molecules across the blood-brain barrier to treat primarily drug addiction and NeuroAIDS. The department's goal is to promote translational research and training in immunological techniques related to drug use/abuse, HIV infection and drug targeting approach for graduate and postgraduate levels.

Message from the Chair

I am very privileged and honored to be the Founding Chair of the Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Director of the Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology, Associate-Dean of Bio-Medical Research and Associate VP for Nano-Medicine at Florida International University. The  Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine has been engaged in various immunologic investigations including  how these studies can be better translated into  Personalized Nano-Medicine aimed at various  disease conditions, including  HIV infection, substance abuse, different central nervous system diseases particularly in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, various neurocognitive impairments  diseases associated with aging, cancers, and   emerging infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola. Further the development of immunology and nano-medicine based pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals for clinical applications in these diseases are the core activities of the department’s research activities.  All these research investigations have been based on the basic premise of using innovative nanotechnology approaches and unique drug delivery methods that aim to tailor intervention strategies in patient and disease specific needs using state-of-the-art Nano-Medicine applications. Furthermore, the goal of the Department is also to provide training in neuro-immunological and nano-technological methods to undergraduate, medical, and graduate students. Every member of the department is expected to be honest, transparent and have integrity consistent with the vision of the Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and overall, FIU.

Madhavan P. Nair, Ph.D.
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine
Director, Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Associate Dean of Bio-Medical Research and Associate VP for Nano-Medicine

Department of Immunology and Nano-medicine Labs and Core Facilities

Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology

In Congruence with Worlds Ahead Strategic Plan of FIU/ HWCOM, and NIH Road map INIP will engage in:

State-of-the-art and translational research, creative activity

High quality teaching

Training and collaborative engagements


Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Immunology and Nano-Medicine
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305-348-0570
Fax: 305-348-0123