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Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Welcome to the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology. We are a research-intensive department focusing on advanced studies in Bacteriology, Immunology, Virology, and the interface between these fields. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit!


ImmuNet Seminar


Thursday, October 19, 2017


Dr. Nicolas TouretDr. Nicolas Touret, Associatet Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Membrane Protein Disease Research Group, University of Alberta

"Regulation of CD36 signal transduction by F-actin & Lipid nanodomains"


4:00 pm in Classroom F (2J4.02. Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre)



MMI Special Seminar


Monday, October 23, 2017


Dr. Andrew PepperDr. Andrew R. Pepper, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Islet Transplant Program, University of Alberta

"Pancreatic Beta Cell Transplantation: Past, Present and Future"

10:00 am in Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall (1-040 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Innovation)


** Dr. Pepper is a potential MMI Faculty Recruit **

2017 Diane Taylor Lectureship in Microbiology


Thursday, November 16, 2017


Dr. Lauren BakaletzDr. Lauren O. Bakaletz, Vice President for Basic Sciences Research, Director, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Tille E. Coleman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

College of Medicine Distinguished Professor, The Departments of Pediatrics & Otolaryngology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine


"Harnessing the power of the skin to immunize against otitis media by bandaid"


10 am in Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall (1-040 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Innovation)


Reception to follow in LKS atrium



Award Recipient


AjaDr. Aja Rieger, Flow Cytometry Core Manager, has received a 2017 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry Shared Resource Lab Emerging Leaders Award


Click here for the full article from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Congratulations, Aja!  



Welcome to our newest Academic!

Dr. Amit P. Bhavsar

MMI Welcomes Dr. Amit Bhavsar, Assistant Professor to the department. Dr. Bhavsar is accepting student applications.

2017 Diagnostics Young Investigator - Former Student Dr. Marc Couturier

Congrats to one of our former grad students, Marc Couturier, who has received the 2017 Diagnostics Young Investigator by the American Society of Microbiology. Way to go! Click here for the entire article.

2016 Pediatric Trainee Award

AdamCongratulations to Ibrahim Adam who was a recipient of a 2016 Pediatric Trainee Award. Click here for the newsletter details.

2016 John Thibault Good Citizenship Award

CamCongratulations to Cameron Griffiths, PhD candidate in Dr. David Marchant's lab, who has been awarded the 2016 John Thibault Good Citizenship Award. Way to go, Cam!

2016 John Thibault Travel Award Recipients

Congratulations to David Fast (Foley Lab) and Wan Kong Yip (Shmulevitz Lab) who won this year's John Thibault Travel Awards.

2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching


The Interdepartmental Science Students' Society presented an Award of Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Judy Gnarpe. In recognition for her dedication to undergraduate teaching. Congratulations, Judy!

FoMD Grad Student Teaching Award Winner

A big congratulations to Kris Ellestad (PhD student in Dr. Colin Anderson's lab) who has been named the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Graduate Student Teaching Award winner! Way to go, Kris!

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For Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry upcoming seminars, click here for the event calendar.


2017 Summer Student Event

Thank you to Dr. Amit Bhavasar for a very successful Summer Student event, held on August 18th. Thank you to all those who participated, specifically the great group of young scientists who were part of our program. A job well done to all!

Alberta Virology Conference 2017

The conference had a great turn out and was a great success. Thank you to the Organizing Committee: Karin Fodor, David Marchant, Les Nagata, Chad Irwin, Trushar Patel, Guido Van Marle, Markus Czub, and Lorne Tyrrell. As well, a big thank to the sponsors and to all those who attended.

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Recent Publications

For recent publications please visit our News page.