Reporting Avenues for Concerns Related to Integrity or Fairness

The Interspecies Microbial Interactions and Infections (IMII) study section reviews grant applications focused on investigation of interspecies interactions among microbes and within microbial communities including bacteria, bacteriophages, fungi, viruses (except HIV), and parasites. Areas of interest include the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the virulence of polymicrobial infections.

Review Dates

Topics


  • Mixed species biofilm and microbial community (e.g., microbiome, virome, mycobiome), dynamics, structure, communication, and host response
  • Cross-species metabolism, including interactions with the host
  • Interspecies communication, including mechanisms of quorum sensing and metabolite secretion
  • Competition and synergy between microbes (in vitro or in vivo)
  • Polymicrobial infection dynamics: microbe-microbe interactions and polymicrobial infection-host responses and host defense/subversion
  • Environmental and climate change pressures on microbial communities
  • Influence of host environment on polymicrobial systems

Shared Interests and Overlaps

There are shared interests with the bacterial study sections, namely Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology (PCMB), Bacterial Virulence (BV), and Bacterial-Host Interactions (BHI). Applications focused largely on a single bacterial species may be reviewed in the relevant bacterial-focused study section. Interspecies interactions with other microbes or within microbial communities or polymicrobial research involving both bacterial and other microbes may be reviewed by IMII.

There are shared interests with viral study sections, namely Molecular and Cellular Biology of Virus Infection (MCV), Viral Dynamics and Transmission (VDT), and Viral Pathogenesis and Immunity (VPI). Applications focused largely on a single virus may be reviewed in the relevant viral-focused study section. Interspecies interactions with other microbes or within microbial communities or polymicrobial research involving both viruses and other microbes may be reviewed by IMII.

There are shared interests with Pathogenic Eukaryotes (PTHE) in the investigation of the biology, pathogenesis, host response, and immunity of eukaryotic pathogens (protozoal, helminthic, and fungal pathogens). Applications focused largely on a single eukaryotic pathogen may be reviewed in PTHE. Interspecies interactions with other microbes or within microbial communities or polymicrobial research involving both eukaryotic pathogens and other microbes may be reviewed by IMII.