About the Department


The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is located on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The department has 24 primary faculty members and about 25 affiliate faculty members with primary appointments in other departments. Highly research oriented, we are among the top departments on this campus in attracting NIH research grants and external research support. There are approximately 50 graduate students in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, making it one of the largest graduate programs on the MCV campus.

The research interests of the department faculty are diverse and include:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Microorganisms
  • Immunology
  • Immunotoxicology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Mycology
  • Oncology, Tumor and Cancer Biology


Department Office Address:

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
1101 East Marshall Street
P.O. Box 980678
Richmond, VA 23298-0678
Phone: (804) 828-9728
Fax: (804) 828-9946


Microbiology & Immunology Department-Associated Office Personnel

Dennis E. Ohman
Department Chair
Email: dennis.ohman@vcuhealth.org
Nancy Fogg
Department Administrator
Email: roberta.fogg@vcuhealth.org
Bobbie Palumbo
Email: bobbie.fogg-palumbo@vcuhealth.org
Martha VanMeter
Accounting/Graduate Programs
Email: martha.vanmeter@vcuhealth.org
School Of Medicine
Computer Support
Website: http://go.vcu.edu/SOMTicket
Email: somtech@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-2227
Ying Ping Wang
Core Manager
Phone: (804) 828-6218


Medical College of Virginia Campus - An Academic Medical Center

The Medical College of Virginia (MCV) campus of VCU is located in the heart of the state capital, Richmond, a metropolitan area with a population of over 600,000. The MCV campus is one of the largest and most advanced centers for health care and education in the United States, and offers degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, and nursing. With about 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students on two campuses, VCU is one of the largest public universities in Virginia.


The Medical College of Virginia Campus, comprised of the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH), is located within a few blocks of the State Capitol, State Supreme Court, State Archives, City Hall, and the Historic Shockoe Slip District.

Two miles west, in Richmond's Fan District, is the Academic Campus, with its School of Graduate Studies, School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences and its Schools of Mass Communications, Business, Education, and Social Work. The university has purchased and preserved many of the Victorian townhouses in this residential area, where brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets "fan" out amid the historic neighborhood.

University Services

Some on-campus housing is available for single students, but most graduate students live off campus. There is a wide variety of housing accommodations at a wide range of prices; many graduate students live in the Fan District because of its proximity to both campuses. The university's free shuttle buses run between the two campuses. Parking facilities for students are limited, however, the Health Sciences Campus is accessible from most areas by public transportation and some neighborhoods are within biking distance.

VCU offers prepaid medical care through the Student Health Services. Students (and their spouses and dependent children) can also take advantage of a moderately priced hospitalization plan.

The gymnasium on the Health Sciences Campus offers and extensive intramural sports program as well as a full range of recreational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. These include basketball, tennis, volleyball, racquetball, handball, squash and a pool. There are also facilities for weight training and locker rooms with showers and saunas. the Academic Campus offers the Thalhimer Tennis Courts in addition to a pool and more recreational facilities.

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