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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 together 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 carry out research in different 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. Our students and postdoctoral fellows secure prominent positions in academia, biotech and pharmaceutical companies after completing their research training at SLU.

We are a multidisciplinary department that uses cutting edge techniques and technologies and 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: 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 actively 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 (2021-2022) Speaker Institution  Host
Sept. 2, 2021 Rich DiPaolo Saint Louis University MMI
Sept. 9, 2021 Marc Johnson University of Missouri Duane Grandgenett
Sept. 23, 2021 Deepak Shukla University of Illinois - Chicago Ranjit Ray
Oct. 14, 2021 Daniel Kaplan University of Pittsburgh David Griggs
Oct. 21, 2021 Shannon Oda University of Washington - Seattle Ryan Teague
Oct. 28, 2021 Maria Gainey Western Carolina University Amelia Pinto
Nov. 4, 2021 Ryan Teague Saint Louis University MMI
Nov. 9, 2021  Tues. 10:00 a.m. Victor Tse University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  **Zoom Rich DiPaolo
Nov. 11, 2021 Kevin Gardner Columbia University ** Zoom  G. Chinnadurai
Nov. 18, 2021 Amy Moran Oregon Health & Science University  **Zoom Elise Alspach
Dec. 2, 2021 Gina Yosten Saint Louis University Rich DiPaolo
Dec. 9, 2021 Kyle McCommis Saint Louis University Rich DiPaolo
Dec. 10, 2021  Fri. 10:00 a.m. Nir Drayman University of Chicago Rich DiPaolo
Dec. 13, 2021  Mon. 10:00 a.m. Rajatava Basu University of Alabama, Birmingham Rich DiPaolo
Dec. 16, 2021 Lena Allweiss University Medical Center - Hamburg, Germany  **Zoom John Tavis
Jan. 27, 2022  Thurs.  1:00 p.m. Christopher Jondle Medical College of Wisconsin  **Zoom Rich DiPaolo
Feb. 24, 2022 Sean Whelan Washington University John Tavis
Mar. 24, 2022 Tyler Uland University of Wisconsin **Zoom Elise Alspach
Apr. 7, 2022 Curtis Henry Emory University Ryan Teague
Apr. 14, 2022 Luis Batista Washington University John Tavis
Apr. 21, 2022 Nicola Pozzi Saint Louis University MMI
May 5, 2022 Sarah George Saint Louis University MMI

All seminars will be presented at 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted.