Welcome to 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.
  • 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 2023!


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.



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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.


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Contact Us

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

Dr. Martin J. Sapp
Department Chairman
(318) 675-4333

Dominique C. Williams, MSRS, RT(R)
Business Manager
(318) 675-5750

Dr. Stanimir Ivanov
Graduate Recruitment
(318) 675-3209

Andria Buck
Project Coordinator
(318) 675-4781

Learn More
Center for Emerging Viral Threats
LSU Boyd Professor,
Dr. Dennis O'Callaghan