MEGAMicrobe 2019 was SO MUCH FUN!

Thanks to all Volunteers, partners, participating labs, and attendees for helping to make it such a success!

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Click here for some photo highlights of MEGAMicrobe 2019:

Flickr Photo Album for VI4 MEGAMicrobe October 19th, 2019





Buddy the Yeast

VI4’s Mission is 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.

Nashville parents, teachers, and students are invited to come learn about microbes and the important role they play in human health in a fun, interactive setting, with real scientists from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

MEGAMicrobe is a free, community-focused, half-day event for 6-14 year-olds, designed to generate interest in Science among Nashville’s youth. Volunteers are dedicated to showing that science is fun, accessible and important.

This year, we're exploring the Microbial Zoo, with over 20 "exhibits" to engage kids in a wide variety of microbe-related interactive experiments. Prizes, games, and crafts will open the door to discovery and inspire future scientists and parents, alike.

Attendees can plan to spend 2-3 hours at the event. Check back for future updates, mark your calendar, and please let us know if you have any questions.




Tardi B the Water Bear


This year MEGAMicrobe is proud to participate in the TN STEAM Festival!

TN STEAM Festival


The Tennessee STEAM Festival aspires to build interest and excitement in STEAM, and cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners by leveraging local partnerships from across the region. Visit for more info!


In the spirit of Science Communication for Children, Susana López, Martha Yocupicio, Selene Zárate, virologists from Mexico (together with graphic illustrator Eva Lobatón) have teamed up to produce Paul Has Measles, a children’s book about viruses and vaccines.

You can download it for free!

Paul Has Measles

Registration for the Annual VI4 Symposium is now open!

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.  

Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation Fund