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.

Salmonella’s Strange Recipe for Defeating the Immune System

In a new discovery about potentially deadly salmonella, UVA researchers have determined that the foodborne bacteria has a most unexpected way of telling where it is in the body: It uses its food as its GPS.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Discovery Leads to Treatment For Joint Inflammation

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified an unexpected contributor to rheumatoid arthritis that may help explain the painful flare-ups associated with the disease and points to a potential new treatment for the autoimmune disorder.
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MIC Student Tiffany Wang the First PhD+ Dual-Degree Program Student Joins McIntire

Tiffany Wang, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) who recently completed her studies in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, will begin studying at McIntire this August. She is the first medical PhD student to pursue an M.S. in Commerce as part of the innovative BIMS PhD+ Dual-Degree Program, newly launched in collaboration between the Schools of Medicine and Commerce.
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Support Our Research

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.

Congrats to MIC graduate student Jamie Null (Dudley lab) on your new F31 fellowship from the National Cancer Institute! Jamie’s 3-year award will investigate “Fibroblast lineage tracing in metastatic and pre-metastatic microenvironments.” @DrewDudleylab, @uva_bims

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Batista @sambatista845 of the Harris lab @tajieharris on the successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled 'IL-1 alpha and cell death in the brain: promoting CNS immunity to infection' @uva_bims @BIG_Center_UVA

Big congrats to MIC Graduate student Ashley Bolte @BolteAshley on her recent NIH F30 award to study CNS lymphatic dysfunction in traumatic brain injury in the Lukens lab @LukensJohnR. @UVaMSTP @BIG_Center_UVA

Preprint of our most recent work is available. This work, driven by our talented grad student Saad, explores a new role for our old friend RalA in the regulation of starvation-induced Lipid Droplet growth. Excited to hear your feedback!