Michael I. Zimmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research

Michael Zimmer


Michael Zimmer is currently an associate professor in Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Biological Sciences. He teaches introductory, upper-division and graduate-level courses in microbiology and immunology. His lab is focused on studying CD1-restricted lipid-reactive T cells.

Research Overview

Professor Zimmer’s lab has a number of collaborative research projects with faculty in the department including:

  • Studying bacterial pathogenesis with PNW professor Lindsay Gielda
  • Exploring the microbial ecology of the built environment with PNW professor Scott Bates
  • Defining the immunomodulatory effects of cannabinoids on immune cells with PNW professor Radmila Sarac Stanic
Michael Zimmer


(219) 989-2491


Office Location:

Hammond, NILS 340L


  • Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • B.S. – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology