Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Welcome to our new website! I hope you find the information provided on this page useful.

This is an exciting time for the Department with new leadership and major resources foreshadowing significant growth in 2014. Some of the upcoming changes include the construction of a Departmental Core Facility, recruitment of new faculty with active programs and the consolidation of our laboratories in the recently-completed state-of-the-art Clinical and Translational Research Building. We are looking forward to a busy and dynamic new year. Below, please find a snapshot of our academic environment and city.

The Department currently has 20 primary and 30 associate faculty leading highly-collaborative research and educational programs. The primary programs are fueled by 38 research staff and over 35 graduate students. Major areas of focus include bacterial and viral pathogenesis with particular emphasis on biodefense agents, 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 newly-constructed housing for downtown living, 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.

Best wishes,

Nejat Egilmez, Ph.D.