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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News

  • M&I Faculty and Scientists Collaborate with UNC Program in Nicaragua

    UNC has expanded its partnership with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-León (UNAN) to include the development of a PhD program housed at UNAN. Many M&I faculty, trainees and staff recently participated in the PhD program, including Aravinda de Silva, PhD, Ralph Baric, PhD, Helen Lazear, PhD, Nilu Goonetilleke, PhD, Laura White, PhD, and Maria … Continued

  • Former M&I Graduate Student, Kizzmekia Corbett, Developing a Vaccine against the Coronavirus

    Kizzmekia Corbett, who graduated with her Ph.D. from UNC Microbiology and Immunology in 2014, is the scientific lead for a project at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop a vaccine against the new Coronavirus. You can find more information about Dr. Corbett’s current project in the following article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/health/coronavirus-vaccine.html Please join us in … Continued

  • 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

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