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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Patrick Calhoun

Aug. 3, 2018

American Heart Association award to support biological sciences graduate student at VTCRI who studies how viral infection can cause sudden cardiac death

The American Heart Association awarded Patrick Calhoun, a biological sciences graduate student, a predoctoral fellowship to carry out his dissertation research at the Virginia Tech ...

Kenneth Oestreich

June 21, 2018

VTCRI scientist awarded $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the body’s immune memory response

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $2 million, five-year grant to Ken ...

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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