Chair's Message

Chair's Message

We leave 2015 behind as a banner year for M&I.  First and foremost four new faculty members including Drs. Carolyn Casella, Bing Li, Nathan Schmidt and Russell Salter joined the Department as part of the ongoing expansion of our research and educational programs.  Equally exciting, our faculty brought in a total of 20 new research grants and contracts, 14 of them from the NIH, representing a six-fold increase in new awards over 2014.  We also completed our move to the state-of-the-art facilities in CTRB consolidating the great majority of the faculty in this building.  In November the Department underwent its first external review of the graduate program in more than 30 years.  We are eagerly awaiting the report, which we expect will help to hone our strategic priorities going forward.  In the meantime, we initiated another faculty search for a virologist and will continue to grow our faculty roster via co-recruitment opportunities with other Departments/Institutes at the University.  Our graduate program remains strong with 6 PhD students completing their degrees and 7 new candidates joining our program in 2015.  Below, please find a snapshot of our academic environment and city.

The Department currently has 22 primary and 35 associate faculty leading highly-collaborative research and educational programs.  These activities are fueled by 45 research staff and 38 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 me at if you have any questions regarding academic opportunities in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Looking forward to a productive 2016,

Nejat Egilmez, Ph.D.