Cells become infected by viruses and bacteria, and sometimes even the cells turn self-destructive. Scientists at the institute are studying the mechanisms of infection, immunity, and cancer in order to better understand how to protect human health. Scientists work to identify molecular and genetic changes and to find the best therapeutic targets for infectious viruses. They also study the ability of the immune system to fight disease in efforts to improve the body’s response to pathogens. The researchers work across disciplines, sharing innovative ideas and inventions to better understand their own subject areas.

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From left to right: Kaitlin Read, Kenneth Oestreich, Michael Powell

Sept. 20, 2017

Scientists identify potential key to therapeutic treatments for autoimmune diseases

A collaborative team of scientists led by Kenneth Oestreich, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has identified a novel combination of ...

Kenneth Oestreich

Jan. 8, 2016

Scientists find new evidence of immune system plasticity

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found a potential way to influence long-term memory formation in the immune system. The researchers published ...

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