Message from the Chair

Egilmez2018 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.

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Items of Interest

Graduate Programs: M.S., Ph.D.
Final Application Deadline: March 1

Full consideration Deadline: January 15



Open Positions


Faculty Highlights

Novel immune-based cancer prevention approach developed

In a recent publication in Cancer Research Drs. Shirwan and Yolcu describe a novel approach to cancer prevention using an immune therapeutic developed in their laboratories:

Plant exosomes remodel gut microbiome and host immunity

Dr. Huang-Ge Zhang’s recent publication in Cell Host & Microbe reveals how plant products and their effects on the microbiome may be used to target specific host processes to alleviate disease.  This finding has already attracted significant national attention (SienceDirect and The Scientist).

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Student Highlights

Students showcase Department at National Meetings

2018 SLB Group

M&I graduate students represented the Department at the 2018 Joint Meeting of the Society for Leukocyte Biology and International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society. Amanda Pulsifer (Lawrenz lab) was one of three finalists for the SLB Presidential Award and presented her research at a plenary session. Katlin Stivers’ research (Hoying lab) was chosen for a “Poster Flash Talk”. Irina Miralda (Uriarte lab) won a SLB travel Award for her poster presentation. Finally, Hazel Ozuna (Demuth lab) presented her research at the Late Breaking Poster Session. Congratulations to all!

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Departmental Events

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series

Analysis of gut microbiota composition and metabolites in lupus prone mice


Tuesday, June 4
James Harder
PhD Candidate 
In the lab of
Dr. Kosiewicz


Targeting Fas pathway for the prevention and treatment of graft-versus-host disease


Thursday, June 6
Pradeep Shrestha
PhD Candidate 
In the lab of
Dr. Shirwan and Dr. Yolcu

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