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  • Inhalon Biopharma Receives $7 Million from USAMRDC to Study Inhaled “Muco-trapping” Antibody for the Treatment of COVID-19: Sam Lai Article

    Inhalon Biopharma Receives $7 Million from USAMRDC to Study Inhaled “Muco-trapping” Antibody for the Treatment of COVID-19 DURHAM, N.C., May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Inhalon Biopharma, a start-up immunotherapy company developing an inhaled “muco-trapping” antibody platform for treating a variety of acute respiratory infections (ARI), today announced that it has been awarded a $7 million contract … Continued

  • Antibodies Stop Sperm in Their Tracks: Sam Lai Article

    Engineered antibodies trap and immobilize human sperm in the reproductive tract of female sheep, paving the way for possible use as a nonhormonal contraceptive in people. Currently, most available birth control options are barrier methods or rely on hormones to prevent fertilization of an egg—both of which have drawbacks, such as discomfort or side effects, … Continued

  • Dr. Jason Whitmire awarded DoD Investigator-Initiated Research Award

    Jason Whitmire, PhD (Professor, Department of Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology), was awarded a Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Investigator-Initiated Research Award by the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity of the Department of Defense (DoD). This four year award titled “Pathogenic T Cells in Guillain Barre Syndrome”, is a collaborative project with … Continued

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jason Wong: 2019 Horizon Awardee

    Each year, the UNC Graduate School recognizes graduate students and recent graduate alumni with the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award goes to students whose research holds extremely high potential for making a significant contribution to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolina citizens and beyond. This year, the Graduate School recognized … Continued