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 graduate student Dr. Jon Suzich, from the Cliffe lab @AnnaCliffe1 on the successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled 'The Role of Interferons in Regulating the Subnuclear Positioning of Latent Herpes Simplex Virus Genomes and Reactivation' @uva_bims @UVaMSTP

Congrats to MIC graduate student Dr Brooke Sauder, from the Kendall lab @KendallMicroLab, on the successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled ' The pathogen-specific sRNA MavR promotes enterohemorrhagic Escherichia colifitness' @uva_bims

Postdoc opportunity in the department! The Derré lab is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Apply here:

Congratulations to all our MIC Graduates; 7 students receive their PhDs and 2 MSTPs receive their dual degrees today! Sam Batista, Ashley Bolte, Napoleon Butler, Laurie Gray, Adam Greene, Abigail Mickey, Sarb Nagdas, Becky Stanhope and Tiffany Terry. Congrats and Good Luck!

Congratulations to Ashley Bolte- @BolteAshley
the 2021 Outstanding MIC Graduate Student Awardee. Ashley did her thesis research in the Luken's lab @LukensJohnR @uva_bims @UVaMSTP @BIG_Center_UVA