More than 40 faculty members 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).

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.

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 across campus, 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, and through outreach, to the larger national and international virological community.