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 Microbiology & Immunology Department welcomes our new Graduate Students for 2022!

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.

Contact Us

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71103
Phone: (318) 675-5750

Dr. Martin J. Sapp
Department Chairman

Bridget E. Powell
Business Manager

Dr. Stanimir Ivanov
Graduate Recruitment

Andria Buck
Project Coordinator



Dr. Yurochko in the lab

LSUHS has received a 5 year grant for $10,529,128 from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE. The COBRE funds will establish the Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes (CAIPP), which will operate on the LSU Health Shreveport campus.

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Microbiology and Immunology