Elena Galkina, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, supervises as a student studies a slide under the microscope.

Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

Pioneering research in infectious disease, immunology and cancer biology and teaching the next generation of health professionals.

Explore Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

Dr. Julie Kerry converses with an associate in the lab.

Educating and training future physicians and investigators

Our faculty work closely with students in the medical program, the Biotechnology Master’s program and the Biomedical Sciences Research Master’s and PhD programs.

Medical students learn foundational knowledge in molecular biology, cell biology and microbiology throughout the program. We also offer research opportunities for medical, Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences students. Additionally, our faculty mentor postdoctoral fellows as they gain advanced training and research experience.

Research focus areas

Infectious disease

Exploring the underlying mechanisms of disease in important human pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), herpesviruses and malaria.

Infectious disease

Our investigators are experts in the study of neurovirology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of viral infections on the central nervous system. This research seeks to understand and modulate the development of neurological symptoms associated with infection by viruses such as HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Immunology

Studying the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of viral diseases and diabetes.

Immunology

Our faculty are investigating the role of the complement system in diseases such as myocardial infarction and reperfusion injury. We collaborate with researchers in EVMS Internal Medicine, Physiological Sciences and Pediatrics.

Cancer biology

Addressing many aspects of cancer biology, including the mechanisms of DNA replication and the identification of novel biomarkers that can be used to more accurately diagnose cancer.

Cancer biology

Our researchers focus on the study of the signaling pathways that promote development of pancreatic and lung cancers. These efforts are integrated in the Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Center.

Infectious disease

Exploring the underlying mechanisms of disease in important human pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), herpesviruses and malaria.

Immunology

Studying the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of viral diseases and diabetes.

Infectious disease

Our investigators are experts in the study of neurovirology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of viral infections on the central nervous system. This research seeks to understand and modulate the development of neurological symptoms associated with infection by viruses such as HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Cancer biology

Addressing many aspects of cancer biology, including the mechanisms of DNA replication and the identification of novel biomarkers that can be used to more accurately diagnose cancer.

Infectious disease

Exploring the underlying mechanisms of disease in important human pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), herpesviruses and malaria.

Immunology

Studying the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of viral diseases and diabetes.

Cancer biology

Addressing many aspects of cancer biology, including the mechanisms of DNA replication and the identification of novel biomarkers that can be used to more accurately diagnose cancer.

Infectious disease

Our investigators are experts in the study of neurovirology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of viral infections on the central nervous system. This research seeks to understand and modulate the development of neurological symptoms associated with infection by viruses such as HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Immunology

Our faculty are investigating the role of the complement system in diseases such as myocardial infarction and reperfusion injury. We collaborate with researchers in EVMS Internal Medicine, Physiological Sciences and Pediatrics.

Cancer biology

Our researchers focus on the study of the signaling pathways that promote development of pancreatic and lung cancers. These efforts are integrated in the Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Center.