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Pickles lab: Understanding airway damage by RSV

July 14, 2014

In vitro and in vivo model systems of respiratory syncytial virus infection are featured in a new article from the lab of Ray Pickles. M&I postdoc Rachael Liesman is the lead author of this study that appears in the April issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation ( See the UNC News article at the … Read more

Lishan Su’s lab: A humanized mouse model for studying HBV

July 11, 2014

Recognizing the limitations associated with current chimeric human-murine liver mouse models for studying hepatitis B virus infection and immunity, Lishan Su’s group has developed a humanized mouse with both human immune system and liver cells. See their new PLOS Pathogens article at the link below.

Faculty profile: Rita Tamayo

July 11, 2014

An engaging interview with M&I faculty member Rita Tamayo, talking about choices in her life, creativity and science, and her research on Vibrio cholerae and Clostridium difficile. See the “Five Questions” article by Mark Derewicz at the link below.   Breaking Down Bacteria

Ron Swanstrom elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

July 11, 2014

The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), just announced that M&I Professor Ron Swanstrom ( has been elected as one of the 2014 Fellows. Selection for fellowship is a highly competitive annual peer review process, based on scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced … Read more

Goodbye Mary Ellen Jones

July 11, 2014

  In early April, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology began the final phase of moving out of its 36-year home in the Mary Ellen Jones Building. The migration began last year with departmental labs moving to the 9th floor of the completely renovated Burnett Womack Building. The rest of the Department’s space will be … Read more

It takes a network: Stephani Page #BLACKandSTEM

July 10, 2014

Graduate student Stephani Page (Bob Bourret’s lab) has rocketed into the upper Twittersphere by building a community of like-minded colleagues based on a new hashtag. It’s all explained in David Zax’s article at the link below. Also see previous discussions about Stephani’s blogs for Nature #BLACKandSTEM: The Hashtag As Community

Ting lab: Intersecting pathways of innate immune regulation

July 10, 2014

A new study from Jenny Ting’s lab, now available online at the Immunity journal website, demonstrates how interactions between an NLR protein (NLRC3) and an intracellular DNA sensor (STING) modulate innate immune activation in response to DNA viruses. M&I LinkedIn Group member Lu Zhang is the lead author of the study, and co-authors include members … Read more

Faculty profile: Myron Cohen

July 10, 2014

The latest issue of Blue & White, a student-run monthly magazine, has a nice biographical feature on M&I Professor Mike Cohen. See the story by UNC senior Abigail Brewer at the link below.

Graduate student profile: Kizzmekia Corbett

July 10, 2014

A new UNC Newsroom article on Kizzy Corbett (Aravinda de Silva’s lab) discusses her background, her research on dengue virus, and the fellowship that will take her to Sri Lanka Corbett continues quest for dengue fever vaccine

Serody lab: Dynamic imaging of immune cells in graft-versus-host disease

July 10, 2014

A new Blood First Edition paper from Jon Serody’s lab uses multiphoton laser-scanning microscopy to study the interactions between donor T cells, dendritic cells, and regulatory T cells in lymph nodes after transplantation. See the article at the link below, and don’t miss the cool movies in the Supplemental Materials!