Message from the Chair

Egilmez2018 was a banner year for the Department.  Our collaborative NIH P20 COBRE application entitled “Functional Microbiomics, Inflammation and Pathogenicity” with the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Disease in the School of Dentistry was awarded, bringing $11.2 M in research support over five years.  In addition we received our NIH T32 training grant funding 4 graduate student positions per year over the next 5 years, a first in Departmental history.  Our research faculty continued to garner additional funding with 5 new NIH awards. The increased research activity led to several high impact publications (Nature Materials, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host Microbe) enhancing the national exposure of the Department.  Our seminar program remains highly active with 22 external speakers in the past year. 

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Items of Interest

Graduate Programs: M.S., Ph.D.
Final Application Deadline: March 1

Full consideration Deadline: January 15

Center for Functional Microbiomics, Inflammation and Pathogenicity

Center for Predictive Medicine 


Open Positions


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Alard receives Medical Education Research Award at Research!Louisville

Dr. Pascale Alard received 2nd place for the 2019 Research! Louisville, Ruth Greenberg award for Medical Education Research with her project entitled “Using IF-AT strategy in the dental immunology curriculum has a beneficial impact on performance and long term retrieval”. Ruth Greenberg award supports studies that investigate methods and outcomes related to teaching and learning for healthcare learners.

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Novel immune-based cancer prevention approach developed

In a recent publication in Cancer Research Drs. Shirwan and Yolcu describe a novel approach to cancer prevention using an immune therapeutic developed in their laboratories:

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Student Highlights

M&I students receive 1st and 2nd place for doctoral dissertation at Research! Louisville

Congratulations to Autumn LaPointe on receiving 1st place and Samantha Morrissey on receiving 2nd place for the  2019 Research!Louisville Doctoral Basic Science award. Autumn is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Kevin Sokoloski and Samantha is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Jun Yan.

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Departmental Events

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series

Cancer immunosurveillance and vaccines for the prevention of non-viral cancers

Olivera Finn, PhD

Thursday, October 3
Olivera Finn, PhD
Distinguished Professor,
Department of Immunology
University of Pittsburgh



This will be held in CTRB, Room 123

microRNA regulation of immune responses

Thursday, October 17
Sheri Krams, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Abdominal Transplant
Director of Transplant Immunology
Stanford School of Medicine



Thursdays, at noon in CTRB, Room 101
First Tuesdays at 11am in CTRB, Room 124
unless otherwise indicated