Message from the Chair


2019 was another stellar year for the Department.  Our annual extramural research support for FY19 exceeded $7.49M, the highest in M&I’s history.  We also received notice in January 2020 that the NIH P20 application “Center for Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy”, a collaborative center grant submitted by the Brown Cancer Center, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Department of Surgery will be funded; bringing $12.4M in research support over the next 5 years.  Our research faculty continued to publish novel discoveries in high impact journals including Nature Materials, Cell Host and Microbe, and Cell Metabolism.  We maintained our vibrant external speaker series with 18 seminars in 2019.  

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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 


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Faculty Highlights

Novel link between obesity and breast cancer highlighted

Dr. Bing Li’s discovery of a novel link between an obesity associated protein (FABP4) and breast cancer was recently highlighted in an invited forum article in the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine ( ) as well as on University of Louisville’s website ( ).  Congratulations Bing!

Abu Kwaik laboratory publishes finding in Cell Host Microbe

Drs. Abu Kwaik and Price published their latest novel finding on Legionella pneumophila in Cell Host Microbe (impact factor 17.9).  The study demonstrates that a protein required for adaptation of Legionella to its natural host amoeba paradoxically induces Macrophage activation in its accidental host, humans. Click here for the publication. 

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Student Highlights

M&I graduate students win University doctoral awards

Dylan Johnson and Irina Miralda received University’s Guy Stevenson Award and the John Richard Binford Memorial Award, respectively.

Please click here to view Dylan Johnson's Graduate School Graduation speech. 

The Guy Stevenson Award recognizes an outstanding doctoral degree recipient who has demonstrated excellence in both scholarship and leadership within the discipline, and has made significant contributions to teaching and service. This award is the highest award given by the Graduate School and the winner carries the graduate school banner at both the Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies, and provides remarks during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.  The Binford Award is presented to a doctoral degree recipient who excels in scholarship, and has contributed to other areas within the discipline such as leadership, teaching, or service.  The winner receives special recognition at the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation ceremony.  Congratulations Dylan and Irina!

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Departmental Events

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series
Thursdays at 12PM and first Tuesdays at 11AM

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