News

Keep up with the latest about the Department! News and events of interest to current, future, and former students/postdocs/staff/faculty are featured in the UNC Microbiology and Immunology LinkedIn Group.

Congratulations to M&I 2011-2012 Graduates!

Eight M&I graduate students completed their PhD during this academic year, and the doctoral hooding ceremony took place at the Dean Smith Center on May 12...

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Please join us on May 23 to welcome new graduate students to M&I

We've reached the time of year that the newest BBSP students select a dissertation lab and a graduate program to join...

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Annual Immunology T32 Symposium

The Annual Immunology T32 Symposium will be held Thursday, July 12th...

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M&I will move to new space in 2013

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is planning to move out of its 35-year home in the Mary Ellen Jones Building...

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Rukie de Alwis named as a member of the Royster Society of Fellows

Adamberage (Rukie) de Alwis was named as a member of the Royster Society of Fellows. As a member this society, Rukie will have a chance to act as an ambassador for graduate education both at UNC and abroad...

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Congratulations to Aadra Bhatt on being named a G.E.A.B Impact Award Winner!

The Microbiology and Immunology Department continues its trend of excellence for the second year in a row, as the Graduate School's Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) announced Aadra Bhatt (Ph.D student in the Blossom Damania lab) as one of the recipients of their Impact Awards...

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UNC HIV research is named as the Scientific Breakthrough of the Year by Science Magazine.

Science magazine has named the clinical trial (NIAID HPTN 052) led by UNC professor Myron Cohen, M.D., as the scientific breakthrough of the year...

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Blossom Damania selected to speak at the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

Dr. Damania discussed “Viruses and Cancer” at the 23rd Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in November...

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Bill Goldman and Nancy Raab-Traub named as AAAS Fellows

The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that Bill Goldman and Nancy Raab-Traub, Professors of Microbiology & Immunology, have been selected to be 2012 AAAS Fellows...

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M&I Postdoc Symposium

2011 Microbiology and Immunology Postdoc Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16th...

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UNC researchers link GATA3 to Treg function.

T regulatory cells (Tregs) are vital in the control and regulation of myriad immune functions...

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Jeff Dangl has been named as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in basic plant research.

Dr. Jeff Dangl has been tagged by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) as one of the nation’s most innovative plant scientists...

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Dr. Tony Richardson receives the Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award

The Microbiology department would like to congratulate Dr. Tony Richardson on being presented with the Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award...

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Congratulations to Cheryl Miller for poster award.

Cheryl Miller, a third year graduate student in Tom Kawula’s lab, won an award for best molecular biology poster presentation at the 2011 FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis conference...

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UNC Medical School awards Bruce Alexander the Basic Science Excellence in Teaching Award

Bruce Alexander is an integral aspect of the Microbiology teaching team. Bruce organizes, instructs and supervises the Medical School Microbiology Teaching Laboratory as well labs for Medical Microbiology (MCRO 251), and Introduction to Microbiology (MCRO 114) for the Dental School...

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Rodrigo Gonzalez awarded ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Rodrigo Gonzalez on being a recipient of the Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship...

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Researchers at UNC are leading a two-pronged assault in the battle on HIV.

A primary goal in the battle against HIV is to try to prevent transmission of HIV to uninfected partners of HIV+ individuals...

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Can you develop Type 2 diabetes from eating a diet high in saturated fat?

Recent studies published by Jenny Ting’s group in Nature Immunology indicate that diets high in saturated fats (but not unsaturated fats) drive an inflammatory response that can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes...

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Congratulations to Sun-ah Kang and Erin Steinbach!

The Symposium for Basic Immune Mechanisms was held in the Lineberger Cancer Center on Thursday, July 7th. Talks covered an array of topics ranging from virulence mechanisms of plant pathogens to the impact of smoking on Inflammatory Bowel Disease...

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New functions for NLR proteins

NLR proteins have been demonstrated to be important in initiating immune responses against pathogens...

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Dr. Tony Richardson selected as Pew scholar

Anthony Richardson, PhD, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was one of twenty-two of America’s most promising scientists to be named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts...

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Mark Johnson wins a Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology congratulates Mark Johnson (Tisch Lab) on receiving a Dissertation Completion Fellowship...

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UNC researchers show how genetics influence pathogenicity

In the search for potential vaccine targets for Yersina pestis (the organism that causes the bubonic or pneumonic plague), Dr. Eric Weening and collaborators from the Virginia Miller lab have demonstrated that differences in the mouse genetic background can influence pathogenicity and virulence...

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UNC and the Human Microbiome

The world of microbiology has undergone a paradigm shift regarding our view of our relationship with the microbes that live in and on us, now termed “the human biome...”

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The Microbiology and Immunology Department Welcomes Dr. Cary Moody

When Cary first attended Mississippi State University for her undergraduate degree, she planned on going to medical school; but after taking a microbiology class, she decided microbiology was vastly more interesting. She then went on to get her masters studying the bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV) with Dr. Karen St. Cyrcoats in the Department of Microbiology at MSU...

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UNC Researchers Identify a Viral Homolog to a Cellular Protein that Disrupts Inflammasome Function

Recent data published in the journal Science by Sean Gregory (graduate student in the Blossom Damania Lab), along with collaborators from the Jenny Ting Lab have identified a viral protein that masquerades as a normal cellular protein important in stopping viral infections...

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Nancy Fisher returns to UNC to helm UNC Flow Cytometry Core

Dr. Nancy Fisher was recently named as the new Director of the Flow Facility Core. The Flow Facility Core was one of the first of its kind in the country, and was founded in the laboratory of Geoffrey Haughton (UNC Chapel Hill, Microbiology and Immunology) while Nancy was a graduate student there...

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The Microbiology department welcomes new faculty member Nat Moorman!

Nat is originally from Springfield, IL, and received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Nat then moved to St Louis, MO where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. David Leib studying herpes simplex virus pathogenesis...

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Understanding Inheritable Breast Cancer

Mutation in the BCRA2 gene has been identified as a genetic marker that indicates a predisposition for the development of breast cancer. Understanding how this tumor suppressor protein functions is vital in understanding disease progression...

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Micro/Immuno Graduate Student Wins Impact Award

Congratulations to Monika Schneider! Monika (from Dr. Jenny Ting's lab) was chosen from a large pool of UNC graduate student applicants from across all aspects of research to receive a Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award...

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In memory of Dr. G. Philip Manire

Phil Manire was a friend and mentor to many people in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, serving as Chair from 1966 to 1979. The Manire years were marked by a major growth in faculty and international recognition for molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology research at UNC. However, Phil's most lasting professional contribution was his nurturing leadership style that cemented a spirit of collegiality and family among a department of very diverse interests and personalities. Twenty-one years after his retirement, Phil died in his sleep on November 4, 2010...

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2nd Annual Postdoc Symposium

The second annual M&I Postdoc Research Symposium will be held Friday, November 12th in room 1131 Bioinformatics...

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Major technical advance in synthetic biology

The milestone achievement involves Dr. Clyde Hutchison, emeritus professor of the department, and a large research team at the J. Craig Venter Institute...

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Teaching award for Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Dr. Marcia Hobbs received the Freshman Basic Science Teaching Award for 2010 at the Annual Whitehead Lecture and Awards Ceremony on Wed., Aug 18...

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Norma Berryhill Lecturer 2010…Dr. Jenny Ting

The medical school has announced that Dr. Jenny Ting, William Rand Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, will give the prestigious Norma Berryhill Lecture on Nov 3, 2010...

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National Academy of Sciences career profile: Dr. Jeff Dangl

The Academy has recently (July 2010) posted a detailed career profile online for our distinguished colleague...

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New England Journal paper (June 17,2010) garners much recognition

UNC's Dr. Charles van der Horst and faculty of the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases collaborate on the paper entitled “Maternal or Infant Antiretroviral Drugs to Reduce HIV-1 Transmission..."

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Distinguished Achievement Award 2010, for Mary Estes.

The American Gastroenterology Association gives its Distinguished Achievement Award for 2010 to our former student, Dr Mary Estes...

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Former student elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Dr Lewis Lanier, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco, has joined the National Academy of Sciences...

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Pseudomonas needs calcium for motility!

This inference is reported in January 2010 PNAS by Dr. Matt Wolfgang and collaborators, and highlighted in the Spring issue of UNC’s Endeavors magazine...

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Kwun Wah Wen is the 2010 Manire Award recipient

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased to announce that Kwun Wah Wen is the 2010 Manire Award recipient. Kwun Wah is a fourth year MD/Ph.D.student in Blossom Damania's lab. The selection committee felt that Kwun Wah's research accomplishments were most impressive...

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Lauren Neighbours receives a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Lauren Neighbours, a Microbiology and Immunology student in Mark Heise's Lab, is the recipient of a 2010 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship...

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Malaria article in Endeavors

The Winter 2010 of Endeavors magazine includes a malaria article written by M&I graduate student Beth Mole; HIV articles featuring the work of M&I faculty members Ron Swanstrom, David Margolis, and Victor Garcia-Martinez; and a story on M&I faculty member Jon Serody's work on graft-versus-host disease.

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Dr. Barb Vilen is featured on Science Magazine's "Careers" website.

The article "Translating Lupus Research," features Dr. Vilen and graduate students Shannon Jones and Amanda Wisz...

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Dr. Jenny Ting appointed to top NIAID advisory committee

Jenny Ting will soon begin a four-year term on NIAID's National Advisory Council, which approves new initiatives for NIAID and performs administrative review of grant applications. The Council is the chief advisory committee for NIAID, which funds most of the grants in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UNC...

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