Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Happy 2018!  The Department accelerated its upward trajectory in 2017.  We completed new faculty recruitment with 6 new members joining the Department in the past 3 years.  The year also saw the retirement of our most senior colleague, Dr. Uldis Streips, after 45 years of service to the Department.   On the research front our faculty were awarded 15 new grants, 9 of them from the NIH.  We have now increased our NIH ranking by 25 positions since 2014.   An additional highlight was the submission of a center (COBRE) grant and a student training grant (T32), both in collaboration with the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Disease in the Dental School.    Our teaching faculty maintained their exceptional performance receiving an overall evaluation score of >90/100 from second year medical students.  The graduate program remains strong with 6 PhD students completing their degrees and 7 new graduate students joining the roster in 2017.  Below, please find a snapshot of our academic environment and city.


The Department currently has 21 primary and 35 associate faculty leading highly-collaborative research and educational programs.  These activities are fueled by 45 research staff and 40 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 the 2013 NCAA Champion University of Louisville Cardinals, and was chosen as the most livable city in America by the US Conference of Mayors in 2012.


Please feel free to contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Lisa Hagan at if you have any questions regarding academic opportunities in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


Looking forward to another productive year,


Nejat Egilmez