Huiping Zhou, Ph.D. named Interim Chair

A Message from Our Chair

Huiping Zhou, Ph.D. named Interim Chair

Following the unexpected loss of our chair, Dr. Dennis E. Ohman, it is with a heavy heart and deep sense of responsibility that I assume the role of interim chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. We will dearly miss Dr. Ohman as our chair, colleague and friend.  


With a commitment to serving our department and advancing our shared mission of excellence in research, education and community service, I am dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where all department members can thrive and succeed. I believe in the power of teamwork, innovation and continuous improvement, and I am confident that with our collective expertise and dedication, we will achieve new heights of success.  


The Department of Microbiology and Immunology plays a pivotal role in addressing critical challenges in health and disease, and I invite you to join me in shaping our department's future. Thank you for your support, dedication, and commitment to excellence. I am honored to serve as your interim chair, and I look forward to working with you to move our department forward. 


Huiping Zhou, Ph.D.
Interim Chair

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.


Postdoctoral fellows receive F32 fellowships from NIAID

Dr. Paige Allen was awarded an F32 to study how Orientia tsutsugamushi modulates immune signaling. Dr. Travis Chiarelli was awarded an F32 to examine how the Anaplasma phagocytophilum exploits regulated exocytosis to disseminate infection. Paige and Travis are postdoctoral fellows in Dr. Jason Carlyon’s laboratory.


Departmental Newsletter

Read our Department of Microbiology and Immunology June 2024 Newsletter


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 ❯