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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  • Suruchi Shrestha earns PhRMA Predoctoral Fellowship

    Suruchi Shrestha, a doctoral candidate in Sam Lai’s lab, has earned a Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutics from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation. Suruchi’s dissertation topic is “Engineering multimeric sperm-binding IgG antibodies for potent non-hormonal female contraception.” These multimeric IgGs combine the benefits of both IgM and IgGs, namely enhanced agglutination potency … Continued

  • M&I Graduate Student, Jenna Beam, wins People’s Choice Award in Three Minute Thesis Competition

    Jenna Beam, a doctoral candidate in Brian Conlon’s lab, is the UNC-Chapel Hill Three Minute Thesis (3MT) People’s Choice winner (determined by audience votes). Jenna and nine other UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students presented their research in front of a large audience and panel of judges – and with only three minutes for their presentations – on … Continued

  • M&I Graduate Students Receive Prestigious Awards

    Congratulations to the following Microbiology & Immunology students who have recently received awards both within the University and externally. Lakeya Hardy, a doctoral candidate in Dr. Wesley Burks’ lab, was recently awarded entry into the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP). The GDEP supports underrepresented Ph.D. candidates enrolled in a North Carolina university … Continued

  • Welcome, new M&I graduate students!

    First year research rotations are done, so it’s time for graduate students to choose both a laboratory and a doctoral program to complete the requirements for their PhD. M&I is one of 14 doctoral programs that are selected by students who have been admitted through one of two interdisciplinary portals: the Biological and Biomedical Sciences … Continued

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