Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Welcome to this website which provides an overview of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology with its dedicated faculty and staff as well as information on our teaching, research and service activities. The Department was formed by the merger of the Department of Pathology with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2002. The faculty are located in the historic Buildings 1, 2 and 3 at the Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital Campus.

This is an exciting time for our department as it is in the process of undergoing major growth in terms of recruiting new faculty and expanding the facilities. Our faculty are actively involved in providing outstanding training to medical students, undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as postdoctoral fellows. The department provides a highly interactive environment conducive of intra- and inter-departmental collaborations as well as with scientists in other colleges or schools at our university and also at other institutions on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects. The research programs are well-funded by extramural grant support from federal and private sources that have resulted in high-quality publications in journals as well as presentations at regional national and international scientific conferences.

The departmental faculty are recognized leaders in their fields as demonstrated by the fact that they are appointed to national and international grant-review committees, hold offices in scientific societies, organize conferences as well as serve on government-appointed committees and scientific journal editorial boards. The main mission of our department is to provide education and research mentorship in the areas of pathology, microbiology (bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology) as well as immunology that will lead to the transformation of trainees into independent scientists in academia capable of training future generations, in industry pursuing applied research, in hospitals providing community service, in government institutions involved in policy decision-making and in biotechnology institutes performing cutting-edge research. Our faculty also direct state-of-the-art shared resources including the Flow Cytometry and Sorting, Microscopy as well as the –Omics (for Genomics, Epigenomics, Transcriptomics, and Microbiome studies) and Metabolic Profiling cores. We welcome you to take a virtual tour of our department and encourage you to visit us.


Mitzi Nagarkatti, PhD

SmartState Endowed Chair of Cancer Drug Discovery,
Carolina Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology