Undergraduate Summer Research Program -Loyola University

Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL.
Type Basic Science Research


Undergraduate summer research in Loyola’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology is designed to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students interested in biomedical research.

Program Features:

  • 10-week research internship in molecular microbiology, immunology or virology
  • Stipend of approximately $4000 will be offered to selected candidates
  • Lodging and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the student
  • Disabled students, minority students and students from smaller liberal arts institutions where comparable research facilities are unavailable are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Dates for the 2017 summer program are June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017
  • All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received in our office by February 1, 2017 .
  • Decision letters will be mailed April 1, 2017

Our Undergraduate Summer Research Program is sponsored by the faculty and Department of Microbiology and Immunology of Loyola University Chicago. The program is designed to provide a stimulating “hands on” research experience for students who are considering graduate education in molecular Microbiology or Immunology.

Under the guidance of a selected faculty member, the student will actively participate in an ongoing research project. He or she will learn basic research skills, attend various scientific seminars and journal clubs, participate in a series of special summer workshops and present his or her results to the department. Students will learn many modern research techniques, such as:

  • maintaining cell cultures
  • gel electrophoresis
  • chromatography
  • immunoassays
  • animal surgery
  • protein and nucleic acid molecular biology

Ongoing research projects in the department include:

  • molecular biology of the immune system and immune mechanisms of host resistance
  • molecular and cellular aspects of lymphocyte differentiation
  • regulation of gene expression
  • viral pathogenesis and molecular virology
  • molecular virology
  • bacterial physiology and metabolism
  • sporulation
  • microbial genetics
  • diagnostic microbiology
  • molecular biology of symbiotic relationships
  • biochemistry of membrane proteins
  • tumor biology.


We invite undergraduate college students who have demonstrated outstanding scientific aptitude to join us and explore their interests in biomedical research.

More Information


Dr. Dennis Lanning
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Telephone: (708) 216-9572
FAX (708) 216-9574