Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology is the largest basic science department at UVA, comprising an outstanding group of faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows conducting cutting-edge research in many exciting areas of basic biology and human disease.

Our research takes an integrated and cross-disciplinary approach to address questions in three key major fields: Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology.

Herve Agaisse

Hervé Agaisse 2021 Pinn Scholar!

The Agaisse laboratory studies the bacterial pathogen Shigella flexneri, which causes approximately 270 million cases of bacillary dysentery (blood in stool) worldwide every year. We have recently developed an infant rabbit model of bacillary dysentery that recapitulates all the symptoms observed in infected individuals. We intend to use the Pinn Scholar award to investigate how Shigella flexneri invades the colonic lamina propria and interacts with immune cells in vivo.
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Ravichandran Lab

Congratulations! MIC Grad student Amaris Cardenas awarded F31 Fellowship from NIAID

MIC Grad student Amaris Cardenas, in Alison Criss’s laboratory, was just awarded an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of NIH.
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Lacie Werner receives Wagner Fellowship!

Congratulations Lacie!! The Wagner fellows were selected by the Directors of Graduate Studies from a highly competitive pool based on their outstanding performance in graduate school thus far. In addition to a stipend, tuition, fees, and health and dental insurance, all Wagner fellows receive a one-time stipend bonus plus support for professional development activities.
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Every Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer researcher is dedicated to discovering the mechanisms that will eventually lead to new understandings of diseases and their cures. Your contribution can help ensure our efforts in furthering this research.

Huge congrats to MIC Grad student Amaris Cardenas in the Criss lab @AlisonCrissUVA on her new F31 from @NIAIDNews entitled 'Investigating the role of lipooligosaccharide sialylation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae-neutrophil interactions.' @uva_bims

Congrats to MIC graduate student Dr. Saad Hussain, from the Kashatus lab @kashatuslab on the successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled ‘A Novel Role for RalA in Lipid Droplet Growth’! 🎉

Postdoc opportunity in the department! The Agaisse lab is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Apply here:

Also congrats to MIC graduate student, Dr Allie Donlan @AllieDonlan, from the Petri lab, who successfully defended her PhD thesis in the summer term entitled ’Friend and Foe: Type 2 immunity in C. difficile colitis and COVID-19 pneumonia’ @uva_bims

Congrats to MIC graduate student Dr. Anthony Rodriguez, from the Engelhard lab on the successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled ‘Regulation of the development of tumor associated tertiary lymphoid structures and their association with checkpoint blockade immunotherapy’