Blossom Damania, PhD

Damania, one of the world's leading virologists, assumed the role of Vice Dean for Research in July of 2016

Blossom Damania, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research, professor of microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.As one of the world’s leading virology investigators, Damania’s research focuses on the pathogenesis of oncogenic viruses. Her achievements include more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals including Science, PNAS, Cell Host Microbe, and Cancer Research.  

Damania has been awarded a number of honors over the years.  She was named a Kavli Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Gertrude B. Elion Research Scholar, a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar, a Burroughs Wellcome Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, a V Foundation for Cancer Research Scholar, a Dolph O. Adams awardee of the Society for Leukocyte Biology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  She also received a 2005 Jefferson-Pilot Award in Faculty Medicine and the 2008 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.  Damania serves as a senior editor on multiple scientific journals and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences across the United States and abroad.