Michael I. Zimmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

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 Campus, 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