Teaching and Mentorship

Teaching and Mentorship

Selecting a mentor is a key step in the success of students who are part of MIC graduate program. Typically, the first year BIMS students complete three lab rotations before transitioning into the MIC graduate program in the 2nd year. These rotations are essential in helping you identify a mentor whose research interests align with yours. The BIMS directors and MIC faculty take all the care and time necessary to assist you in finding the right lab 'fit'. This is achieved through one-on-one meetings with faculty, as well as monthly "Lunch with the MIC Faculty" presentations, as well as discussion with graduate advisory committee.


Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching



"She has trained me to think critically ... She has patiently helped me understand how to write scientifically and this has allowed me ... to acquire pre-doctoral funding." Student

"She can instill confidence in me when I thought there were no positive scenarios...[Since] working toward a PhD can be frustration and confusing, this ability is a real fight and contributes to producion and morale." Student

"...she serves as a superb example of what a mentor should be. ... She is always enthusiastic but demanding from graduate students." Colleague


“His lab is more than just a research factory; it is a classroom for teaching the next generation of scientists what they need to know in order to be successful.” Student

“He has a great ability to draw the best out of each of his students and to help them discover their own ability in science. He is very much a facilitator of his students’ development into independent thinkers.” Student

“… not only do his students write and edit their own manuscripts and receive his critiques and edits, but … they are involved in the editing and critiques of grants that he writes and submits for funding.” Student

“Vic played a significant role in driving the direction of my career, both initially as a teacher who inspired me to study Immunology; subsequently as a thesis director teaching me how to be a careful, thorough, and focused scientist; and then as a mentor helping to guide my overall career decisions and directions.” — Former student


"Ravi's positive outlook and 'think big' encouragement is truly infectious. It fills me with confidence and excitement about science and my projects." Graduate Student

"[Dr. Ravichandran's] work ethic is extraordinary and driven by a genuine love and excitement for science; he truly never stops working. Without his guidance, patience, and thoughtfulness, I certainly would not have turned into the scientist that I am today." Former graduate student

"He successfully forces students to examine their thinking, to address significant problems, and to push their effort beyond easy conclusions so the doors stay open down the road."  Colleague

Joanna Goldberg, PhD

Goldberg has mentored 13 graduate students in her own laboratory and has formally advised over 75 students throughout her time at UVA. "I have interacted with virtually all of her graduate students at various local meetings," says nominator Dennis Ohman, her former mentor at Berkeley. "Her students are always enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their research projects, and very eager to share ideas and take suggestions. It is obvious to me that this positive confident attitude comes directly from Goldberg's approach to science."

Courtesy Microbe Magazine.

ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award


The winner of the 2012 ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award is Joanna B. Goldberg, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. This award recognizes an individual for distinguished teaching of microbiology and mentoring of students at the graduate and postgraduate levels, and for encouraging students to subse quent achievement. "Goldberg is truly deserving of this award," describes Sara Cassidy of the University of Michigan, a former student of Goldberg's. "Through years of practice, she has developed an uncanny ability to detect and address the needs of individual students-a quality of mentorship that is difficult to teach."


Goldberg's activities and service record reflect her interest and enthusiasm for mentoring and training graduate students and-through this effort-the entire scientific community. She is a member of UVA's Academy of Distinguished Educators, has chaired numerous local, national, and international meetings, and is an active volunteer for ASM. She has been a Division Councilor to the National ASM and President of ASM's Virginia Branch. Currently, Goldberg serves as chair of the ASM Career Development Committee and a member of the ASM Conferences Committee and the Committee on Awards. "Despite her international stature and undeniable intellect, there is never a hint of arrogance in Joanna-actually, just the opposite," summarizes Petri. "When I picture Joanna in my mind it is of her broadly smiling, with twinkling eyes full of energy and enthusiasm. Graduate students learn science rigorously from her, and just as importantly have a role model for collegiality and mentoring that is second to none. Goldberg is an absolutely spectacular mentor and teacher for graduate students, the epitome of what this award was designed to recognize."





Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE)

Many faculty members of MIC have been elected to the UVA School of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE).  The selection to ADE is based on outstanding track record of teaching and mentoring students and post-doctoral fellows, as recognized by current and former trainees and faculty colleagues.

Current MIC faculty elected to the ADE:

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