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Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

The Saint Louis University 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 SLU 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 (2023-2024) Speaker Institution  Host
Aug. 31, 2023 Rafael Kroon Campos University of Texas Medical Branch Ryan Teague
Sept. 7, 2023 David Anderson Washington University in St. Louis Rich DiPaolo
Sept. 14, 2023 Sabra Klein Johns Hopkins University MMI Graduate Students
Sept. 28, 2023 Justin Kline University of Chicago Ryan Teague
Oct. 12, 2023 Zachary Buchwald Emory University Reggie Aurora
Nov. 2, 2023 Lee Reinhardt University of Colorado - National Jewish Health Steve Ferris
Nov. 9, 2023 Sandra Pinho University of Illinois Chicago Ryan Teague
Nov. 16, 2023 Nicholas Wu University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Victor Tse
Dec. 7, 2023 Jeremy Goettel Vanderbilt University Medical Center Rich DiPaolo
Dec. 14, 2023 Gavin Dunn Harvard University Elise Alspach
Jan. 18, 2024 Gianluca Veggiani Louisiana State University Victor Tse
Jan. 25, 2024 Andrea Braundmeier-Fleming Southern Illinois University Lynda Morrison
Feb. 8, 2024 Megan Ruhland Oregon Health & Sciences University Elise Alspach
Feb. 22, 2024 Kathy DelGiorno Vanderbilt University Rich DiPaolo
Feb. 29, 2024 Eleftherios Michailidis Emory University John Tavis
April 4, 2024 ** Ralph Baric University of North Carolina Rich DiPaolo   **Seminar will be at 3 p.m. in the Education Union Auditorium
April 11, 2024 Samuel Behar University of Massachusetts Medical School Dan Hoft
April 25, 2024 Christina Towers Salk Institute MMI Graduate Students
May 16, 2024 Roy Wong Rutgers University Victor Tse

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