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The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC – Chapel Hill represents a dynamic and exciting blend of disciplines and technology. Research and training are largely focused in the areas of immunology, virology, and microbial interactions, but the questions and strategies are broadly based in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and genomics. Besides offering a comprehensive set of courses and seminar/tutorials for graduate students, the department provides instruction in microbiology and immunology to students enrolled in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as undergraduate students who seek admission into degree programs offered in the School of Nursing and Pharmacy.

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  • New Research Shows That Bacteria Get “Hangry,” Too

    Adam Rosenthal, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, shows that genetically identical cells within a bacterial community have different functions, with some members behaving more docile and others producing the very toxins that make us feel ill. Have you ever been so hungry that you become angry, otherwise known as “hangry?” … Read more

  • Kelly Olsen defends her PhD!

    Kelly Olsen defended her doctoral dissertation, Shared Minor Histocompatibility Antigen Discovery and Targeting in the Context of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant for Hematologic Malignancies. The presentation took place on Friday, February 24, 2023. Her research, which was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Benjamin Vincent, focused on the discovery of shared, leukemia-specific minor histocompatibility antigens … Read more

  • Scientists Create Long-acting Injectable Drug Delivery System for Tuberculosis

    In 2020, more than 1.5 million people around the world died of tuberculosis (TB), marking the first time in more than a decade that annual TB deaths had increased and demonstrating the global need for better access to treatments. To address that problem, scientists with the UNC Department of Medicine, the UNC Institute for Global … Read more

  • 9th Annual Graduate Student Welcome Event

    The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UNC Chapel Hill held their 9th Annual Graduate Student Welcome event on May 20th, 2022. The program commenced with a symposium where new students presented on their chosen research projects. Families and guests of the students were invited to tour the Microbiology & Immunology facilities and attended an … Read more

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