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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Incredible ‘Hullk’ that Controls Growth and Aggressiveness of Prostate Cancer Discovered

“We have uncovered a novel non-coding RNA that may drive prostate cancer,” said senior UVA researcher Dan Gioeli, PhD. “This discovery could lead to new biomarkers of prostate cancer and more effective therapies for advanced prostate cancer.”
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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.