Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Happy 2017!  The Department maintained its upward trajectory in 2016.  Two new faculty members, Drs. Kevin Sokoloski and Carolyn Roberson, joined the group bringing the total number of new faculty recruits in the past 2 years to 6.  The year also saw the retirement of two senior colleagues, Drs. Jill Suttles and Larry Hunt, who between them served the University for over 50 years.   On the research front our faculty were awarded 11 new grants, 7 of them from the NIH, continuing the recent successes that helped to catapult the Department by 18 positions in national rank in 2015.   An additional highlight was the submission of two multi-investigator grant applications including a program project grant (P01) and a student training grant (T32), the first in Department’s history.  M&I also successfully competed for a large internal University RFP with our partners in the Dental School, School of Public Health and Kent School of Social Work.  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 6 PhD students completing their degrees and 14 new graduate students joining the roster in 2016.  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 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 me at if you have any questions regarding academic opportunities in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Looking forward to another productive year,

 Nejat Egilmez