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Our Mission: To train the next generation of scientists and physicians and make fundamental discoveries in the areas of infection biology, immunology, and inflammation with the goal of increasing knowledge and improving human health.

VI4 strives to promote an inclusive environment that is supportive and enriching, regardless of the personal or scientific background, for its broad member base. We aim to build and sustain a diverse and vibrant community of investigators that nurtures rigorous education and training in microbiology and immunology within an environment that is welcoming to all.

We expect that all VI4 members, in keeping with VUMC’s CREDO behaviors, adhere to these same guiding principles.

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The future of biomedical science requires a renaissance in microbiology and immunology to develop a more detailed understanding of the microbial world and our immune and inflammatory responses to it. The Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4) positions Vanderbilt at the leading edge of this renaissance. With its membership of more than 100 accomplished faculty, VI4 capitalizes on the strengths of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in areas such as personalized medicine, structural biology, vaccinology, immunometabolism, and nutrition, while simultaneously creating the infrastructure required to support research into the microbiome. Through VI4, Vanderbilt fulfills its mission to be an internationally recognized leader in research that bridges the disciplines of immunology and infection biology to improve human health.  

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Megan Schladt, MS

Program Manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4)

Medical Center North A-5121
1161 21st Ave South
Nashville, 37232
(615) 343-2661