Research Highlights

The Dudley Lab Looks at How Cancer Hijacks Wound Healing

This study suggests that tumors create their own blood supply to grow and spread. Researchers identified the processes within the cells that line the blood vessels that tumors use to…

Unhealthy Gut Promotes Spread of Breast Cancer, UVA Study Finds

Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, of UVA’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, found that disrupting the microbiome of mice caused hormone receptor-positive breast cancer to become more aggressive. Altering the…

UVA Researcher Receives One of Science’s Highest Honors

The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine’s Edward H. Egelman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors for a scientist. Egelman is Harrison…

The Secret Superpower That Makes C. Difficile So Deadly

A new discovery about dangerous C. difficile diarrhea has identified a new way that the bacteria — and possibly others like it — cause severe disease. C. diff is the most common hospital-acquired infection…

A UVA Doctor Reflects on Her Work With NASA

Francine Garrett-Bakelman, MD, PhD, is a cancer doctor and researcher at UVA. She worked with NASA on a twins study. On March 3, 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly came home…

Electricity-Conducting Bacteria Yield Secret to Tiny Batteries, Big Medical Advances

UVA’s Edward H. Egelman and colleagues used cutting-edge technology to gain a greater understanding of how a bacteria, Geobacter sulfurreducens, conducts electricity. Scientists at the University of Virginia and elsewhere…

Surprise Rheumatoid Arthritis Discovery Points to New Treatment for Joint Inflammation

Kodi Ravichandran, left, and Sanja Arandjelovic led new research into the causes of rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified an unexpected contributor…