Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites that infect and reprogram their hosts to make new progeny virions that spread within and among hosts, propagating the infection. Viral infections cause life-threatening diseases and generate a huge medical and economic burden. Paradoxically, viruses represent important academic and clinical tools. They are premier agents of gene transfer, and work on viruses has made important and recognizable contributions to the fields of oncology, immunology, and molecular biology, among many others. Currently 29 faculty members here at UW- Madison run research programs whose focus is to understand viral replication and pathogenesis, and to translate that knowledge into novel preventative measures and treatments for viral disease, to explore the use of viruses as clinical interventions and academic instruments, as well as to probe the basics of cell and molecular biology so effectively and efficiently illuminated through virus research. Their efforts are collected and coordinated through the Madison Virology Program (MVP).
The MVP is the interdepartmental gateway to virology research and training at UW-Madison, and is administered by the Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV). The goals of the MVP are to assemble the breadth of virology on campus extending across 3 Institutes/Centers, 5 Schools/Colleges, and 11 Departments, making it more accessible to students, staff, faculty, and interested community members, and to mobilize efforts to increase the quality of virology research and education primarily here at UW-Madison, but through outreach, to the larger national and international virological community.
On these pages you will find information and links about all of the virology work occurring on campus. We invite you to use them as a resource for learning about the work of the 29 virology faculty on campus, the opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral education, and the means by which you can support the future of virology research and training on campus.