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Maureen Su awarded Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine

November 19, 2014

Congratulations to M&I faculty member Maureen Su, winner of a Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship that recognizes outstanding junior faculty. It’s been a good month for Maureen, who also just learned that she has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. See the link below for an engaging interview in which she describes her path from valley girl … Read more

Faculty profile: Ed Miao

November 19, 2014

In this interview, M&I Assistant Professor Ed Miao talks about his choices in education and career, as well as his research interests in innate immune responses to microbes. Don’t miss his analogy that explains caspase-11 in the context of a home alarm system.   The Battle against Microscopic Bugs Edward Miao, MD, PhD, earns a … Read more

Graduate student profile: Ellen Perkowski

November 19, 2014

A UNC Newsroom article on Ellen Perkowski (Miriam Braunstein’s lab) discusses her background, some key life choices, and her research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Read the interview/story at the link below.   Taking on Tuberculosis Graduate student Ellen Perkowski created a new tool to study how tuberculosis survives, thrives, and escapes our immune system defenses.

Dittmer lab: Pinpointing the human genome mutations linked to viral lymphoma

November 4, 2014

A PNAS article from Dirk Dittmer’s group demonstrates how targeted next-generation sequencing allowed them to identify single nucleotide variants in patients with primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), a herpesvirus-associated cancer. One of the consistent mutations is in the gene encoding IL-1 receptor-association kinase 1 (IRAK1) and introduces a novel phosphorylation site. See the article at the … Read more

Griffith lab: BioArt Winner

November 4, 2014

For this year’s FASEB BioArt competition, the Griffith lab generated one of the award-winning images using single particle reconstruction of the ICP8 protein from HSV-1. See all the winning images and videos at

Ed Miao awarded Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine

October 17, 2014

Congratulations to M&I Assistant Professor Ed Miao for winning this prestigious award established by the UNC Medical Foundation through the generosity of the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation. This annual award is given to junior faculty members at the School of Medicine in recognition of both past performance and future promise in research. M&I faculty who have received … Read more

Celebrating Fred Sparling’s Legacy

September 12, 2014

This month marks M&I Professor Fred Sparling’s retirement after a 45-year career at UNC. He was the third Chair of M&I (1981-1989) and the fifth Chair of the Department of Medicine (1989-2000). After Fred became Director of the Southeastern Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense (SERCEB), UNC emerged as the headquarters of a diverse biodefense … Read more

M&I research featured at summer international conferences

August 26, 2014

The summer months are a busy time for research conferences, and M&I has been well-represented in the programming of a wide variety of international meetings: Blossom Damania was invited to speak at the Second International Symposium on Viral Strategies of Immune Evasion (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany). Beth Shank and Stephani Page (graduate … Read more

Lemon lab: Oxidative stress and the persistence of hepatitis C virus

August 5, 2014

A new Nature Medicine article ( from Stan Lemon’s group shows how lipid peroxides downregulate the efficiency of HCV replication, limiting tissue damage and facilitating viral persistence. See the UNC News story at the link below.