Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology


Welcome to the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology at SIU Medicine. Our faculty, graduate students and medical students are involved in discovery-based, forward-thinking biomedical research that supports future generations of scientists, providers and health care leaders.

Our research innovations focus on areas of interest including tumor cell growth, viral and bacterial infections, the human gut microbiome and the role of immune function in reproduction and cancer.

Our department is also proud to offer the Public Health Laboratory Sciences Program. This program consists of graduate-level classroom instruction plus extensive laboratory training for a unique experience that places students on the forefront of medical and public health research.

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Navin donation

New gifts to help SIU OB-GYN research and students

The family of the late John (Jack) Navins, MD, bestowed a pair of $100,000 gifts to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on March 1. Navins was a former SIU associate professor and OB-GYN

Grad students compete in 3-Minute Thesis challenge

SIU School of Medicine graduate students Olivia Slater and Savannah Brannan (Pharmacology) and Bristi Poudel (Physiology) competed in the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in Carbondale on February 3. Savannah won third place.
Cox lab

SIU scientist receives DOD grant to advance hearing loss treatments

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $1.5 million grant to SIU Medicine scientist Brandon Cox, PhD, to test compounds that are predicted to stimulate regeneration of hair cells used for hearing. The process could illuminate a path to restore human hearing loss.

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