Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

From the Chairman: Paolo Casali, M.D.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics is part of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our faculty teach and conduct research on infectious agents and the immune system. The department is the nucleus for research and education in microbiological and immunological topics for the five schools at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and provides a dynamic environment for scientific discovery and training.

Our mission is to advance knowledge in the areas of microbial pathogenesis, inflammation, protective immuneresponses, molecular immunology, tumor immunology and autoimmunity, in order to build the knowledge necessary for therapies of the future. To this end, basic and translational research are of equal importance, to foster discovery of biological truths and translate those discoveries into new therapeutics.

We are committed to developing the next generation of scientists, and to this end, offer a spectrum of training opportunities. We house an Undergraduate Research Program, in addition to a Master of Science Program in Immunology and Infection. Our faculty also train doctoral students through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences IBMS program in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity. Finally, in addition to undergraduate and graduate trainees, Postdoctoral Fellows are important in our overall research effort. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in most laboratories of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics.

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics supports a variety of learning and training opportunities in seminars, lectures and events, including:

Contact the Program Coordinators at: immunity@uthscsa.edu



The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics is a proud partner with the Xiangya Medical School Exchange Program. The thirteen medical students from Xiangya pictured here will be working in various UT Health San Antonio laboratories for two years beginning July 1, 2017. We are delighted to welcome them to our campus. Drs. Paolo Casali, Jennifer Potter and Guangming Zhong representing the program on a visit to the Xiangya Medical School, April 6-14, 2017.




  • Alex Kirkpatrick

    Congratulations to our Master's Student Alex Kirkpatrick for being featured in the UT Health GSBS Pipette Gazette.

  • Briana Salas

    Congratulations to our postdoctoral fellow, Briana Salas on her recent selection as a SABER.IRACDA scholar!

  • Sergio Cepeda

    Congratulations to graduate student Sergio Cepeda (Mentor: Dr. Ann Griffith) on his recently awarded Diversity Supplement.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter on her recent Voelcker Fund Young Investigator Award "Universal glycolipid adjuvant-based nanoparticle cancer vaccine."

  • Ruth M. Ruprecht M.D Ph.D.

    Recently awarded "Defense-in-depth against mucosal HIV clade C invasion" NIAID with $23.1 million over the next five years. The project is a multi-intitutional project that has a strong component at UTHSCSA through the collaboration with Drs. Peter Fox and Beth Goins at the Research Imaging Institute.

  • Dr. Peter Dube

    Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dube on his recently awarded William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation award, “Novel Melanoma Vaccines and Adjuvants”

  • Dr. William Kaiser

    Congratulations to Dr. William Kaiser on his recently awarded William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation award, “Treatment of Cancer by Inducing Immunogenic Cell Death”

  • Dr. Xiao-Dong Li

    Congratulations to Dr. Xiao-Dong Li on his recent Voelcker Fund Young Investigator Award "Immune detection and destruction of tumor cells by a newly recognized DNA sensing pathway."

  • Dr. Nu Zhang

    Congratulations to Dr. Nu Zhang on his recently awarded School of Medicine Basic & Clinical Science Pilot Program application "Essential cellular interaction mucosal surface during viral infection."

  • Dr. Yan Xiang

    Congratulations to Dr. Yan Xiang on his recently awarded R21 grant "Non-vesicular lipid transport to poxvirus A6 protein."