Microbiology & Immunology


The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is one of the five Basic Science departments in the UIC College of Medicine. There are currently seventeen faculty members within the department and we are actively recruiting additional new faculty members. The mission of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is to carry out outstanding research on the biology, transmission and pathogenesis of viruses and bacteria, as well as on the fundamental immune mechanisms that contribute to both health and disease. Our faculty members study diverse biological questions, ranging from issues of autoimmunity and selection of immune repertoire, emerging pathogens, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, molecular microbiology, physiological cell death, signal transduction and gene therapy in human disease.

News & Events

Our own Deepak Shukla and former graduate student Ed Campbell (now a professor at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola) were interviewed by Illinois public media/NPR on COVID. Click Here to listen to the interview

Kaitlyn Tylor,
Federle Lab, will be defending her thesis titled "Mechanisms involved in the regulation of transcription by Streptococcal Rgg proteins" on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9a.m.

Lulia Koujah,
Shukla Lab, will be defending her thesis titled "Factors influencing ocular pathogenesis caused by HSV-1: Viral genetics and the wnt/β-catenin pathway" on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11a.m.

Grant Tarnow,
McLachlan Lab, will be defending his thesis titled "Exploring the Role of β-catenin Signaling in Hepatitis B Virus Regulation and Hepatocellular Carcinoma" on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 10a.m.