Nell Lurain, PhD

Department of Immunology/Microbiology, Rush Medical College, Graduate College
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in September 1994


I am a virologist focusing on the investigation of human cytomegalovirus, as well as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human papillomavirus, which are all HIV co-pathogens.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I worked as a medical technologist in clinical microbiology laboratories for several years. I eventually decided that I needed to expand my knowledge and academic opportunities.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I relished the chance to engage in research involving human viral pathogens.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

The funding situation for research is very competitive, and academic positions are limited. It is best to keep your options open for applying the expertise you acquire in graduate school.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I like reading and traveling.