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

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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moving on to get business degree

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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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.

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’

Congrats to MIC Student Ashley Bolte @BolteAshley from the Luken's lab for winning the 2021 Michael J Peach Outstanding Graduate Student Award!!
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Congratulations to MIC Student Kasia Stasiak from Vic Engelhard’s lab for winning 1st place in the 2021 GBS Poster Awards!
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