A Message from Our Chair

A Message from Our Chair

A Message from Our Chair

In the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, our work encompasses a dynamic, evolving blend of disciplines that are critical areas of both basic and medical research. From bacterial pathogenesis to vaccine development to cancer immunotherapy, our faculty, students and trainees are at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries with global impacts. 

As educators and mentors, we provide a strong foundation in the principles of microbiology and immunology. Critical thinking, creative problem solving and the thrill of scientific exploration are at the heart of our programs. Our courses, seminars and studies emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research, and we are proud to prepare students for successful scientific careers in academia, government and private industry.

Dennis Ohman, Ph.D.


History of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Graduate Programs

We strive to make scientific discoveries and create new knowledge with the potential for clinical translation. Students and trainees work alongside our dedicated faculty to conduct basic science and translational research across a broad spectrum of interests within microbiology and immunology.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As healers, scientists, faculty and learners in the VCU School of Medicine, we have a responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. We will continue to own our history with transparency and humility, learning from the mistakes of the past and building on strengths of the present to create a more just and equitable future.

Learn more about our commitment to DEI ❯