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Welcome, new M&I graduate students!

June 16, 2017

On Wednesday, May 24, fourteen PhD students and two MD-PhD students joined M&I and embarked on the dissertation phase of their predoctoral training. We celebrate this transition each year with a symposium featuring short talks on the students’ final rotation projects, followed by a “white coat ceremony” (see picture below), followed by a reception to … Continued

Gina Donato Received Spurgeon Faculty Appreciation Award

May 12, 2017

Congratulations to M&I faculty member Gina Donato, who is the recipient of the 2017 Spurgeon Faculty Appreciation Award. Each year, the first year DDS students nominate a faculty member for this honor, and this is the second year in a row that the students have selected Gina in recognition for her outstanding work as Course … Continued

De Silva and colleagues: Serological diagnostics for Zika

April 18, 2017

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded contract will allow UNC researchers to develop serological diagnostics for the Zika virus, which could mean more accurate testing for potential recent and remote exposure to the virus. De Silva lab awarded $3 million federal contract to develop Zika test

Jenny Ting honored with Battle Cancer Research Award

April 17, 2017

  Congratulations to M&I Professor Jenny Ting, who is one of this year’s recipients of the Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award: Earp, Ting recognized for career achievements in cancer research

Christof Smith receives the D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award

April 16, 2017

Congratulations to Christof Smith, winner of the 2017 D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award. In his dissertation work in Jon Serody’s lab, Christof has been developing approaches to exploit neoantigens for anti-tumor therapy. Tumor neoantigens newly arise from mutations in tumor cells and therefore are recognized as foreign by the immune system, facilitating immunotherapy. Christof’s … Continued

Vivien Maltez receives G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award

April 15, 2017

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased to announce that Vivien Maltez is the 2017 recipient of the G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award. For her dissertation work in Ed Miao’s lab, Vivien has been exploring the role of inflammasomes in protection against pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. By provoking the innate … Continued

Ed Collins in 2017

February 26, 2017

After more than 20 years as an M&I faculty member, Ed Collins has moved to Pfizer (in Sanford, NC), where he will be working on the pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar. Ed’s expertise in structural biochemistry and immunology has been the stimulus of many collaborative relationships at UNC, and he has also been highly regarded for his … Continued

Lorrie Cramer selected for 2017 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award

February 6, 2017

Congratulations to M&I faculty member Lorrie Cramer, who was honored last night with a Johnston Teaching Excellence Award. These annual awards were established in 1991 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at UNC, and this is Lorrie’s second time as an awardee (the first was in 2009). Lorrie received the award in front of more … Continued

Oliver Smithies, 1925-2017

February 6, 2017

  I am sad to relay the news that our friend and colleague Oliver Smithies died after a brief illness. Oliver joined the UNC faculty in 1988 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2007 for “discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells.” The list … Continued