Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Our mission is:
  • To train graduate students in how to perform independent research, to interpret and communicate  scientific findings, and to prepare grant proposals and scientific manuscripts.
  • To educate future physicians in the disciplines of Microbiology and Immunology so that they can be prepared to provide excellent care to patients  
  • To discover and publicize new knowledge in the fields of Microbiology and Immunology. For more information on Department Research opportunities, click here. 
  • To provide service to our institution, profession, and community

Our faculty members maintain NIH-funded research programs directed at understanding important issues related to viruses, bacteria, and the immune system.  We are experiencing an unprecedented expansion, including the addition of new faculty members, the doubling of our postdoctoral program, the award of more than $22.9 million by an NIH grant to establish and maintain the Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, and the growth of our nationally recognized training program for graduate students. 


The Emerging Viral Threat Lab was established using the expertise of the Department to provide testing on the front line of the COVID-19 epidemic. The EVT lab is also working to obtain complete genome sequences of the viruses from samples in cooperation with nationwide and international efforts to better understand the virus, enable molecular epidemiology work, such as contact tracing, and to inform future vaccine efforts. LSU Health Shreveport is currently the sole academic center in Louisiana with this portfolio of capabilities

Learn more about the EVT Lab

Contact Us

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Phone: (318) 675-5750

Mailing Address:
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103

Employment Opportunities

The Department is in a period of significant expansion and has several open positions in the following categories.

The faculty members within the Department frequently have positions available for doctoral graduates with experience and training in a variety of disciplines in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, immunology, pathogenesis, and related areas (see Faculty Listing).

The Department frequently has open positions for research associates and technical staff to assist in ongoing research in a variety of ongoing projects in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, immunology, pathogenesis, and related areas. Research associate / technician positions that are currently available are listed with human resources for a period of seven days only. 

For more information, contact the Faculty member directly, or contact the Department.



Dr. Yurochko in the lab

The Shreveport Times reached out to Professor Andrew Yurochko, Carroll Feist endowed chair of viral oncology and department vice-chair of microbiology and immunology, LSUHS, with the Emerging Viral Threat lab which began processing COVID-19 samples last Wednesday.

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Microbiology and Immunology