InDIRI Annual Retreat

In June, InDIRI hosted its annual retreat at Hyatt Lodge, McDonald’s Hamburger University in Oak Brook. The overall goals of the retreat were to: provide opportunities for clinicians and basic science faculty to meet each other and engage in meaningful dialog; advance student presentation skills; and share research results from work supported by InDIRI research projects.

InDIRI Retreat Featured Speakers and Projects:

Andrew Skinner, MD 
“Characterization of a new Clindamycin-resistant C. difficile Strain, DQ/RT591 related to the Fluoroquinolone-resistant Epidemic BI/RT027 Strain”

Bryan Mounce, PhD 
“The Fault in Our Viruses: Polyamines in Promoting and Maintaining Infectivity”

Fritzie Albarillo, MD         
 “The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance”

Yee-Ling Wu, PhD         
“Mediators of inflammation in diseases”

Karen Saban, PhD, RN MSON
“School of Nursing – Overview of Research”

Amanda Harrington, PhD, D(ABMM)
"What's Next for Diagnostic Testing in Clinical Microbiology?"


ORI & InDIRI Research Night Poster Session

On May 19, 2015, the Oncology Research Institute (ORI) and Infectious Disease and Immunology Research Institute (InDIRI) hosted a research night poster session at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center Auditorium. The event was a great success and a total of 49 posters were presented. The purpose of the event was to provide an environment that promoted scientific dialogue between the two research institutes and academic growth to help create outstanding future scientists. More than 80 students and faculty members from both Institutes participated, discussed their research and found the event scientifically and socially rewarding. Students and faculty look forward to having this event again in the future. Two researchers from each institute were awarded prize for the best poster presentations. Two winning posters from InDIRI were:

  •  “A novel role for umbilical cord blood monocytes in inducing CD4 and CD8 regulatory T Cells” by Jessical Lee, a MD/PhD student in the lab of Dr. Makio Iwashima.
  • “Mechanisms by which commensal exopolysaccharides limit inflammation” by Mallory Paynich, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Katherine Knight.

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Dr. Wolfe's research was featured in Men's Health Magazine

Your urine isn’t sterile. Dr. Alan Wolfe, one of our faculty member, was featured in the article "7 Lies You've Been Told about Your Own Body" on Men's Health Magazine on June 18. 

Dr. Wolfe's research has also been posted on Science Daily. Click here to read the research about "Study debunks common misconception that urine is sterile". 



This honor is given to active, long-term members (25 or more years) who have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Excellence in research accomplishment in the field of immunology
  • Exceptional leadership to the immunology community in academia, foundations, nonprofits, industry, or government at a national or international level
  • Notable distinction as an educator

Election as a Distinguished Fellow will occur annually and is among the highest honors bestowed by AAI. See a full list of the 2019 Distinguished Fellows of AAI.




Dr. Knight received 2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award

Congratulations Dr. Knight! Dr. Katherine Knight is the 2015 recipient of the Marion Spencer Fay Award. The Marion Spencer Fay Award is a national award to honor achievement and excellence in medicine and science and is presented to a woman of distinction, innovation and leadership. She is the Chairperson for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago. She was one of InDIRI's Co-Directors for the past several years.

June Celebration Event

On June 30, 2015, InDIRI hosted a celebration event to congratulate our students who won awards this past academic year. During the event, faculty and students congratulated the four award winners, shared research ideas of their research and enjoyed light refreshments. We are proud of you InDIRI award winners!

  • Alex Argianas - 2015 The Winner of the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at  Loyola University Chicago
  • Evann Hilt - 2015 The winner of the Loyola Graduate School Award for the Thesis of the Year in Biomedical Studies and the Sciences - “Characterization of the female urinary microbiota and their association with the female bladder uroepithelium”
  • Mallory Paynich - 2015 The Winner of the poster session at ORI & InDIRI Research Night
  • Jessica Lee - 2015 The Winner of the poster session at ORI & InDIRI Research Night

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2019 Graduate Student Orientation

Fall 2019 graduate student orientation will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 1 & 2, 2019 at the Loyola Health Sciences Division, 2160 South 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153.  Master students will attend  program specific orientation on Friday, August 2, 2019 and will receive notification by the Institute coordinator.   

First day of classes:  Monday, August 5, 2019

Welcome to Loyola, all new students!


Loyola urogynecologists earn prestigious NIH grant

The Division of Urogynecology has been awarded a $3.7 million National Institutes of Health U01 grant over five years to study “Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women.” Loyola, along with five other centers, will design and implement studies to prevent symptoms such as urinary incontinence from middle school to post-menopausal women.

Congratulations to principal investigators Elizabeth Mueller, MD, and Linda Brubaker, MD, and to Colleen Fitzgerald, MD; Cynthia Brincat, MD; Alan J. Wolfe, PhD and David Shoham, PhD, MSPH, who also are involved with the grant. This is a tremendous accomplishment which will advance an important area of care for women.