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.

Congrats to MIC and MSTP Graduate student Michael Kovacs from the Tajie Harris Laboratory on his NIH F30 award. @UVaMSTP, @uva_bims, @tajieharris, @BIG_Center_UVA, @MichaelKovacs14

MIC virology faculty Dan Engel and @deankedes were instrumental in establishing these #COVID19 vaccine town halls. Please watch the video and join the town halls to ask questions and get trusted advice from scientists!

American Society for Virology@AmerSocVirol

You had questions. We answered them! Virologists across the country answered the 5 most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Get your #vaccine questions answered by @MedicineUVA Dan Engel and @EbonyJHilton_MD at a #free town hall tonight at 7PM EST
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One of GIDI's missions is to empower our members to contribute their research expertise for greater social good. We are happy to support #COVID19 town halls launched by Drs. Engel & Kedes @UVA_MIC @UVaSOMFacDev.

Congrats to our Grad students Sarb, from the Kashatus lab, and Jake from the Woodfolk lab on their Matches! Good luck to all the MSTPs on your next step.


Congratulations to our M4s for their outstanding Match yesterday!! #Match2021 #UVAMatchDay2021 @mghmedres @UICDom @uabimres @PennNeurology @PittGIM @PittIMChiefs