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Special Announcements

Congratulations to

Valerie McMurtry, PhD,

Michael Valentine, PhD,

Ferdous Kadri, PhD,

Whitney Nichols, PhD,

Daviel Cardenas, PhD, and

Evelyn Nash, PhD

For completing their PhD requirements in Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology


Congratulations to the LSUHSC Summer Research Internship Poster Prize Winners from our Department 
(July 2015)

1st Place:
Alejandra Mendez
Emory University
Mentor: Dr. Chris McGowin

2nd Place (tie):
Matthew Nguyen
Tulane University
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Zea

3rd Place (tie):
Ryan Niedermair
Rhodes College
Mentor: Dr. Ashok Aiyar

Click here for photos and prize winners from MIP


Interested in a PhD in MIP?

Go to Graduate Program for more information

Contact Us

Department of Microbiology, Immunology & 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


We welcome our two new MIP students:
Nouriath Ningbinnin
and Vincent Maffei

Upcoming Events

The Spring 2016
Microbiology Seminar Series
will begin Wednesday,
February 3rd.

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 host defenses.  The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, along with the ongoing problems of influenza, MRSA, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant TB, 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 LSU 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 aim of developing of new vaccines and therapies for infectious disease and promoting linkages with biotechnology.  Our faculty have also forged strong linkages with related programs at the Health Sciences Center, including the Stanley Scott Cancer Center, the School of Dentistry and, 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.  Nine of our students have graduated since 2012.  Currently, we have fifteen students pursuing Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees in our graduate program, mentored by an accomplished and dedicated faculty and 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 for 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