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IMV Executive Assistant


tel. (612) 624-1926

fax. (612) 625-1108


18-242 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

General Questions:

Because the study of viruses matters to all of us. Viral diseases represent some of the most devastating and fearful threats to human health and well-being (e.g., HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS, Pandemic Flu).  The conquering and eradication of certain viral diseases through vaccination represent some of the greatest achievements in modern biomedical research (Polio, Smallpox).  The role of viruses in diseases such as cancer, chronic fatigue, neurological diseases remains underappreciated.  The impact of viruses of plants and insects also are underappreciated for how they impact society and the global economy.  Viruses have been used as tools for therapeutic applications and probes for understanding fundamental aspects of biological processes in cells. The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) seeks to improve the health of the citizens of Minnesota through education, outreach, and research (basic, clinical, translational).  The IMV unites virus researchers from across the University of Minnesota in a strategic manner to enhance the mission and goals of the IMV.

Research in the Spotlight


To highlight the work being done by IMV researchers, we regularly feature the efforts being made by one of our investigators. This spotlight focuses on Professor Reuben Harris. Read more to discover the advancements they are making in the area of virus research!


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Featured News & Events

'Wisc-e-sota', a Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This is the 2nd collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions will bepresented by students, postdocs and faculty. The registration and abstract deadline is Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5pm. The link for registration and abstract submission is below:

The 2014 IMV Symposium will be held on May 12, 2014 and Mark Denison (Vanderbilt) and Bert Semler (UC-Irvine) will be the Keynote Speakers. Click on the link below to register and submit abstracts.

About the IMV icon

Read about bacteriophage phi 29 and why it matters.

IMV Timeline

Explore nearly a century's worth of discovery in the field of virology at the University of Minnesota.


"This Week in Virology" from professor Vincent Racaniello.