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Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology has state-of-the-art laboratories located in a research and teaching complex with other basic science departments in the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

A Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI). We are a collaborative, innovative, inclusive and dynamic department.

Our mission includes:

  1. Providing outstanding training opportunities for graduate and medical students and post-doctoral fellows.
  2. Advancing scientific knowledge through research and scholarly activity
  3. Developing new strategies to improve human health.

Our faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows conduct research in areas including immunology, autoimmunity, cancer immunotherapies, infectious diseases and vaccine development. We take pride in teaching our trainees critical thinking skills and providing them with critical tools and opportunities to ensure success. After completing their research training at SLU, our students and postdoctoral fellows secure prominent positions in academia, biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

We are a multidisciplinary department that uses cutting-edge techniques and technologies. We have an excellent success record in securing research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, private foundations and the private sector. The department benefits from a highly collaborative environment and outstanding core research facilities at the medical school as well as the wider University.

MMI is the home of several core facilities, including the flow cytometry core, Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (BSL3), Animal Biosafety Level 3 facilities (ABLS3), animal imaging core and biological irradiator core. We also offer access to membership in other exciting collaborative centers including the Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation, and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences. Members of the department benefit from inclusion in the Siteman Cancer Center and have access to the nationally acclaimed Cortex Innovation Community, as well as to multiple local startup-supporting institutions that are part of the fast-growing, cutting-edge medical and biotechnology community operating throughout the St. Louis region.

Thank you for visiting our website, and I invite you to explore our department and learn more about our faculty, students, and research programs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Headshot of Richard DiPaolo

Richard DiPaolo, Ph.D.

Interim Chairman

MMI Seminars Doisy Research Center

Date (2022-2023) Speaker Institution  Host
* Dec. 15, 2022 Jim Ray MD Anderson Institute for Drug & Therapeutic Innovation
 Jan. 12, 2023 Brian Edelson Washington University Rich DiPaolo
 Jan. 19, 2023 Melissa Mavers Washington University John Tavis
Feb. 2, 2023 Chris Arnatt SLU - Chemistry Rich DiPaolo
Feb. 16, 2023 Vicenza Cifarelli SLU - Pharmacology & Physiology Reggie Aurora
 Feb. 23, 2023 Daisy Leung Washington University James Brien
 March 9, 2023 Justin Lathia Cleveland Clinic / Case Western Elise Alspach
April 6, 2023 Grant McFadden Arizona State University John Tavis
April 13, 2023 Weishun Huang Louisiana State University Victor Tse
April 20, 2023 Gregory Wu Washington University Daniel Hawiger
April 27, 2023 Ada Weinstock University of Chicago Ryan Teague
May 4, 2023 Weiguo Cui Northwestern University Steve Ferris
May 11, 2023 Helen Lazear University of North Carolina Amelia Pinto
May 25, 2023 Allison May University of Michigan Ryan Teague

All seminars will be presented at 11 a.m. in the Doisy Research Center - ninth-floor conference room, unless otherwise noted.