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NIH research funding: UNC’s M&I now ranks 3rd among peer departments nationwide

March 2, 2018

Each year, NIH funding to U.S. medical schools is made public, including a department-by-department breakdown of the award data. The grant analysis for fiscal year 2017 has just been released (see, and UNC’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology now ranks 3rd among its peers (i.e., microbiology departments at public university medical schools). Ten years … Continued

U.S. News “Best Global Universities” ranks UNC Microbiology & Immunology in the top 5 among its peers

February 9, 2018

Each year, U.S. News publishes rankings of the “Best Global Universities,” designed to provide international context for a university’s academic research and reputation. Surveys and metrics are used to rank the top 1250 institutions spanning 74 countries and also to assess the strengths of 22 subject areas. For the subject area of microbiology, UNC currently … Continued

Four M&I Faculty on Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” list for 2017

January 18, 2018

Congratulations to M&I faculty members Edward Miao, Jenny Ting, Ralph Baric, and Wesley Burks for making the “Highly Cited Researchers” list compiled annually by Thomson Reuters: “These researchers have distinguished themselves by publishing a high number of papers that rank in the top 1% most-cited in their respective fields over a recent 11-year period. Such … Continued

Conlon lab: Altering antibiotic susceptibility in chronic co-infections

December 15, 2017

  CHAPEL HILL NC – Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have found that a bacterium can become much more or less susceptible to an antibiotic depending on the specific bacterial community in its midst. The scientists found specifically that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can produce specific molecular factors that dramatically increase or decrease … Continued

The rebirth of Mary Ellen Jones

December 10, 2017

For nearly four decades, the Mary Ellen Jones Building (originally called FLOB for Faculty Laboratory Office Building) was home to the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Part of the renovation process is a complete facelift to make her appear as if she’s the sister of Marsico Hall, where most of M&I now lives. The photos … Continued

Blossom Damania named as AAAS Fellow

December 3, 2017

  The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that Blossom Damania, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, has been selected to be a 2017 AAAS Fellow. Each year, the Council considers thousands of nominations from all branches of science and selects Fellows from those whose “efforts on behalf of the … Continued

Goonetilleke lab: Therapeutic vaccine for HIV

August 24, 2017

  M&I Assistant Professor Nilu Goonetilleke will head an NIH U01-sponsored multidisciplinary research effort to test a therapeutic vaccine in people living with HIV. Strengthening and redirecting the immune system’s anti-HIV response are the primary goals of the $5.6M five-year study. “The first generation of this vaccine produced an impressive immune response in people living … Continued

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