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Special Announcements

Pamela Kozlowski, PhD received an R56 sub award from the  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "The interplay of oral vaccines, oral immunity and the oral microbiome in infants."

Chris McGowin, PhD received an SOM Clinical Research Grant: " Mycoplasma genitalium infection and inflammation associated perinatal and neonatal morbidity."

Drs. Ashok Aiyar and Alison Quayle received an LSU Lift2 award: " Generation of non-virally immortalized human female reproductive tract epithelial cell lines."

Interested in a PhD in MIP?

Go to Graduate Program for more information.

Contact Us

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

LSU School of Medicine
1901 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA  70112
Phone: (504) 568-4062
Fax: (504) 568-2918
Please click here for adminstrative information.

Microbiology Employee Listing


First year MIP students
Abby Adams, Natalia Travis,
and Diana Battaglia

help out with the Graduate Student’s Food and Toiletry Drive for the Rebuild Center,
September 2016.

Click here for pictures from the May 2016 Commencement.

Upcoming Events


Our Spring 2017 Seminar Series starts Monday, February 6th.

Click here for a list of seminar speakers.

For more information,
please contact Dr. Ben Kelly
or Tammy Waltz.

Louisiana Vaccine Center

For more information,
click here or contact

Tammy Waltz at
(504) 568-4064 or

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology.

It's an exciting time to be involved in the study of microorganisms and their interactions with human and animal hosts.  Recent advances in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genomics have provided tantalizing glimpses into the biology of these 'bugs'.  Important questions are currently being addressed, including how they cause disease and the influence of our own microbiota on the disease process, how the immune system has evolved to deal with the threat that they pose, and how, in turn, microorganisms have evolved complex survival strategies in the face of our host defenses.  The recent outbreaks of Zika virus in Brazil and Ebola virus in West Africa, along with the ongoing problems of influenza virus, methicillin-resistant 'superbugs' (MRSA), HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant TB, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and serious fungal infections, among others, constantly remind us of the dynamic nature of our field.

Faculty in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (MIP) direct translational research programs in immunology, virology, bacteriology, mycology and parasitology, linking basic and clinical sciences within the Health Sciences Center and with researchers at other campuses.  The Department provides a strongly interactive environment that has underpinned the development of several new interdisciplinary research and development programs with funding from the National Institutes of Health, Private Foundations and Industry.  Our recent State-funded initiatives include the Louisiana Vaccine Center, established in collaboration with colleagues from Tulane and Xavier University with the aims of promoting vaccine-related research and the development of new vaccines and therapies for infectious disease and promoting linkages with biotechnology.  Our faculty have also forged strong ties with related programs at the LSUHSC Stanley Scott Cancer Center, the School of Dentistry and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Each of these initiatives underpins a dynamic and integrated education program in MIP, that includes mentoring and career development of postgraduate students and postdoctoral trainees from Louisiana, across the United States, and around the globe.  Students pursuing PhD or MD/PhD degrees in our graduate program are mentored by an accomplished and dedicated faculty and are supported by state-of-the-art research facilities and core laboratories in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, genetic vaccine development, flow cytometry, molecular interaction, and morphology and imaging.

Please contact us if you are interested in further information concerning any aspect of our research and education programs.


Alistair Ramsay, Ph.D.
G. John Buddingh Professor of Microbiology

Department Head, Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology

Director, Louisiana Vaccine Center