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Garcia lab: Macrophage-tropic HIV strains

March 14, 2016

  A new Journal of Clinical Investigation article from M&I Professor J. Victor Garcia‘s lab uses humanized mouse models to demonstrate that macrophages can sustain HIV replication in the absence of T cells. The first author of the study is Jenna Honeycutt, former M&I graduate student. See the story at the link below: UNC School … Read more

Penny Anders wins Sharp Graduate Innovator Award

March 12, 2016

Congratulations to Penny Anders, winner of the 2016 D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award. As part of her dissertation work in Blossom Damania’s lab, Penny explored how Kaposi’s Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) manipulates host signaling pathways to promote various cancers (Kaposi’s sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, multicentric Castleman’s disease). Penny’s first project examined the molecular mechanism by … Read more

More about the D. Gordon Sharp Graduate Innovator Award

March 11, 2016

The award that Penny Anders just received honors the memory of Dr. D. Gordon Sharp, a former Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC. During his career, Dr. Sharp was widely recognized for his innovation, his curiosity and the breadth of his thinking. He was a pioneer in both electron microscopy and high-speed centrifugation that … Read more

Dirk Dittmer and Victor Garcia elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

March 10, 2016

The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), just announced that M&I Professors Dirk Dittmer and J. Victor Garcia-Martinez have been elected as 2016 Fellows. Selection for fellowship is a highly competitive annual peer review process, based on scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced … Read more

Peggy Cotter elected as 2017-18 President of the American Society for Microbiology

March 8, 2016

  Congratulations to M&I Professor Peggy Cotter, who is the winner of a national election for the President of ASM! Though there’s no official announcement yet, ASM CEO Stefano Bertuzzi tweeted the news and included a picture of Peggy celebrating with current ASM President Lynn Enquist: Twitter And here’s the UNC News story:

GSA interview with Josh Hall

March 7, 2016

  M&I graduate Joshua Hall was featured in the Genes to Genomes blog (from the Genetics Society of America) about his transition from bench science to a career that involves directing a postbac program and science outreach initiatives at UNC. Oh, and don’t forget the Hello PhD podcast for scientists! Read more at the link … Read more

Terry Magnuson: UNC’s new Vice Chancellor for Research

March 6, 2016

  As the Chair of Genetics and the Vice Dean of Research at the School of Medicine, Terry Magnuson has been an active partner in M&I’s efforts to expand research faculty and resources. He will now step down from those roles as he transitions to his new job as UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Research, replacing … Read more

Garcia lab: ART and science of HIV persistence

March 4, 2016

In a new article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, M&I Professor J. Victor Garcia and colleagues use humanized mice to understand how antiretroviral therapy (ART) affects HIV persistence in women. See the UNC News article: Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV in the Female Reproductive Tract