Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology-Immunology

Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology-Immunology website. Within this site, you learn more about the basic research programs of our faculty here at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the areas of bacteriology, virology, and immunology, as well as about the educational and training opportunities in our department for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Exciting Research

Our department consists of a group of highly talented research investigators working together in a friendly, collaborative environment. Over two-thirds of our research facilities have been renovated within the last five years, allowing us to better study and understand the biology of auto-immune diseases; viruses like herpes, HPV, and HIV; T cell biology; human bacterial pathogens such as Pseudomonas, Yersinia, Legionella, and Vibrio species; host-bacterial symbiosis; and more.

Committed Educators

Our faculty is very involved with the education of medical and graduate students. Our graduate students are recruited through the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences, the Interdepartmental Neurosciences PhD Program, and the Medical Scientist Training Program. In addition to classroom training, we offer our students and fellows outstanding research opportunities together with regular seminars and journal clubs. Past fellows and graduate students have gone on to exceptional careers in research and academia, as well as diverse fields such as law and finance.

I hope you find our site informative and welcome you to attend an upcoming seminar or connect with one of our investigators. Please contact me with your feedback and questions.

Laimonis A Laimins

Laimonis A Laimins, PhD
Chair, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Guy and Anne Youmans Professor of Microbiology-Immunology