Chair's Message

2018 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.  2018 also saw the retirement of one of our senior faculty, Dr. Dick Miller, after 43 years of service.   Our teaching faculty maintained their exceptional performance receiving an overall evaluation score of 91/100 from second year medical students.  The graduate program remains strong with 8 PhD students completing their degrees and 7 new graduate students joining the roster in 2018.  Below, please find a snapshot of our academic environment and city.


The Department currently has 20 primary and 35 associate faculty leading highly-collaborative research and educational programs.  These activities are fueled by 40 research staff and 31 graduate students.  Major areas of focus include bacterial and viral pathogenesis with particular emphasis on biodefense/emerging infectious diseases, vaccines, tumor immunity, autoimmune disease and basic immune mechanisms.  Please check out our updated faculty profiles for detailed information.


The Health Sciences campus is located in downtown Louisville in close proximity to the newly developing NuLu area with diverse restaurants (fourth highest number per capita in the US) and cultural activities.  Metropolitan Louisville, with a population of over a million, is home to the Kentucky Derby and was chosen as the most livable city in America by the US Conference of Mayors in 2012.


Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions regarding academic opportunities in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


Looking forward to a productive 2019,


Nejat Egilmez