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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Pancreatic Cancer Discovery Reveals How the Aggressive Cancer Fuels Its Growth

A new discovery about pancreatic cancer sheds light on how the cancer fuels its growth and may help explain how promising cancer drugs work – and for whom they will fail
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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.

Congratulations to the 9 @UVA_MIC students receiving their PhDs today and the 2 MSTPs receiving their dual degrees! They will be celebrated at the @uva_bims ceremony today at 3pm. @UVAMedAlum

Congratulations to MIC Student Chris Medina from the Ravichandran lab for winning the 2020 Michael J Peach Outstanding Graduate Student Award @uva_bims

Two top @MedicineUVA scientists are seeking answers to questions about spinal cord injuries that have long frustrated the development of effective treatments. @jonykipnis @kodiravi @ChanZuckerberg