Department of Microbiology-Immunology faculty members participate in the education of the student populations at Northwestern University and Feinberg through classroom teaching and research training. The faculty teach microbiology, immunology, genetics, molecular biology and tumor cell biology to medical and graduate students. Research training efforts are supported by several interdepartmental NIH training grants, which enable the training of both predoctoral and postdoctoral students. The faculty members of the Department of Microbiology-Immunology direct their own independent research programs and are responsible for supervising the research training of  postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Additionally, the department hosts and sponsors various seminars and events that offer students and fellows access to outside speakers and provide presentation experience to future scientists.

Trainee Testimonials

Jn Allen

My research uses innovative genomic techniques to understand how novel factors contained within the accessory genome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa contribute to virulence. Members of the Microbiology-Immunology department benefit from a highly collaborative environment and excellent facilities that support cutting-edge research.”

Jon Allen
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hauser Lab
Chelsey Spriggs

Microbiology-Immunology feels like a community. Between seminars, journal clubs, retreats and happy hours, you really get to know everyone and their work. My research focuses on the role of DNA damage response proteins on HPV's life cycle and with such a collaborative environment, I know that if I need help with anything I have a wealth of resources right here in our department.”

Chelsey Spriggs
DGP Student
Laimins Lab
Liang Ca

I joined the department after obtaining my doctorate in molecular virology from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The department is very active and each weekly seminar is interesting and provides access to distinguished scientists. It is wonderful that I can study immunology with a virology perspective using state-of-the-art techniques.”

Liang Cao
Wang Lab
Hannah Imlay

As a 4th year medical student, I had the opportunity to study in a lab. My project focused on how a small RNA affects Yersinia pestis infections in tissue culture. Coming from a mainly clinical background, it was interesting to see how bench research changes medicine. I would like to study infectious diseases in the future; through my research, I was able to explore my interest in basic science in a field that I hope to join one day.”

Hannah Imlay
Prabhj Grewal

I am working on a project that seeks to further understand the characteristics of the Vibrio fischeri biofilm. Being so involved in a research lab in Feinberg while I am still an undergraduate student is an amazing opportunity that is helping me to grow as a researcher and to prepare me for a career in medicine.””

Prabhjot Grewal
Mandel Laboratory