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  • 2018 UNC-Duke Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Symposium

    The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center virology and global oncology programs, in conjunction with the Duke Cancer Institute, hosted the 2018 UNC-Duke Viral Oncology & AIDS Malignancy Symposium at the Carolina Club on Dec. 13. Click her to read more

  • Harry Gooder, 1928-2018

      Harry Gooder passed away on Thursday, May 31. Many knew Harry during his years on the M&I faculty (1961-1996), and he served as acting/interim Chair four times. He is the only member of our Department to have been elected to a term as Chair of the UNC Faculty (1989-1991), and he also served as … Read more

  • 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 … Read more

  • Stanley Falkow, 1934-2018

      The New York Times article below is a nice tribute to an influential scientist who fundamentally changed the field of infectious disease research by applying the newly emerging tools and strategies of molecular genetics. Perhaps just as important was the legacy of his remarkable track record of mentorship, with a long trainee list that … Read more

  • Blossom Damania receives Doctoral Mentoring award

    Damania earns Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

  • Jack Griffith elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences

    The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of its new members for 2018 — and this elite list includes our colleague, M&I Professor Jack Griffith! Only two other current NAS members have present/past faculty affiliations with M&I: Professor Jeff Dangl and Professor Emeritus Clyde Hutchison. And in UNC’s School of Medicine, Jack is one … Read more

  • Kara Eichelberger earned Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Congratulations to Microbiology & Immunology graduate student Kara Eichelberger and her mentor Bill Goldman! Kara has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School. The award includes $18,000 towards her stipend, plus payment of tuition, fees, and health insurance costs. Kara studies the initial events in development of pneumonic plague, a highly … Read more

  • M&I Professor Victor Garcia selected for 2018 Narayan Lectureship

    Garcia Receives Neurovirology Award Click here to read more

  • Brandon Anjuwon-Foster receives G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award

    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased to announce that Brandon Anjuwon-Foster is the 2018 recipient of the $1,000 G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award. For his dissertation work in Rita Tamayo’s lab, Brandon explored how expression of motility and virulence functions in the bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile are switched on … Read more

  • Alan Tubbs receives the D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award

      The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased to announce that Alan Tubbs is the 2018 recipient of the $500 D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award. For his dissertation research, Alan conducted two distinct investigations that each substantially expanded topics under study in Ed Miao’s lab. Alan’s first project demonstrated that a high salt … Read more

  • Ashley Bone and Gabrielle Grandchamp: 2018 Horizon Awardees

    Congratulations to Ashley Bone (M&I predoctoral student in Peggy Cotter‘s lab) and Gabrielle Grandchamp (M&I predoctoral student in Beth Shank‘s lab), recipients of this year’s Horizon Awards from the UNC Graduate School. The Horizon Award recognizes graduate students who have made “discoveries with future potential to benefit North Carolina (and beyond).” Ashley and Gabrielle were … Read more

  • David Margolis, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor

    Congratulations to M&I Professor David Margolis, who has been honored with a Sarah Graham Kenan endowed professorship from UNC’s School of Medicine:

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

    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 … Read more

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

    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 … Read more

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

    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 … Read more