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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Support Our Research

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.

Hello friends, thank you for the overwhelming support about #PPE. Please keep potential donations in your lab spaces as we wait to hear how to best help @uvahealthnews. Thank you and please RT!

Congratulations to my student Chris Medina for all his hard work and effort in getting his paper published today in @Nature here http://shorturl.at/cyGLW. Kudos also go to postdoctoral fellows Parul Mehrotra and Sanja Arandjelovic, as well as Yizhan who helped with this work.

NEW from @uvavpr @uvamedicine: no human subjects research that involves direct subject contact and doesn't have clinical benefit. My lab works with human blood cells every day. We do our own blood draws for this research. We were winding down already, but this is an abrupt end.

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Helpful suggestions for "social distancing." Some discomfort now means better outcomes later. #COVIDー19 https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4