History of the Robert R. Wagner Prize

Mrs. Robert R. Wagner

Mrs. Robert R. Wagner awarding the Wagner Prize

Robert R. Wagner, M.D., was a major force in the growth of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, and the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, and was a pioneer in the field of molecular virology. Dr. Wagner provided seminal research into the action of interferons, the assembly of viruses, and the structure of membranes. He served as Professor and Chair of Microbiology from 1967 – 1994, the Director of the Cancer Center and Weaver Professor of Oncology from 1984, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Virology. His warm friendship, devotion to science, and wise and unfailing mentorship provided and remains an exceptional inspiration to his colleagues and students.

The Robert R. Wagner Fellowships continue to provide support for students earning their doctoral degrees in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia. In addition to full stipends for the term of their fellowship, recipients also receive additional funds for travel.

The Robert R. Wagner Prize is awarded to exceptional graduate students studying within Microbiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Virginia. The prize recipients and their mentors are recognized at an annual awards ceremony given in honor of Dr. Wagner, fellowship recipients and the prize recipient.