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

Adam Schafer, MD/PhD candidate Lijun Rong’s lab, will be defending titled titled “Novel Small Molecule Therapeutics and Mechanisms of Action for the Treatment of Filovirus Diseases” on Wednesday, March 13th at 1:15pm in 1020 COMRB.

Alexander Agelidis, MD/PhD candidate Deepak Shukla’s lab, will be defending titled titled “Role of Heparanase in Herpes Simplex Virus Pathogenesis” on Tuesday, March 12th at 12pm in 4175 COMRB.

Congratulations Dr. Deepak Shukla, PhD for receiving the Distinguished Researcher award for clinical sciences! This award recognizes UIC faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their respective fields of expertise.