Pan-University Research Institute Announces 3rd & 4th Winners

We write with great pleasure to inform you that the third and fourth UVA Pan-University Institutes have been selected! Our next institutes will be:

The Institute of Global Infectious Diseases, The Global Infectious Diseases Institute, led by Associate Professor Alison Criss, Ph.D., from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology.

Professor Alison Criss
Associate Professor Alison Criss

The Global Infectious Diseases Institute will address three major 21st century concerns: diarrheal disease in children, pandemic threats, and the most resistant and urgent infectious organisms known as superbugs. The Institute will employ a transdisciplinary approach from identification to diagnosis, from intervention to evaluation in order to understand the mechanisms of disease and intervene medically, socially, and through policy. The Institute brings together faculty and students from Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Batten, Curry, Nursing, Darden and Law.


Professor Karen McGlathery The UVA Resilience Institute, led by Professor Karen McGlathery, Ph.D., from the Department of Environmental Sciences.

Professor Karen McGlathery
Professor Karen McGlathery

The Resilience Institute recognizes that environmental problems are by their very nature social problems. Leveraging strengths across Grounds in environmental science, engineering and policy as well as new cluster hires, the Resilience Institute will become one of the first institutes in the nation to focus on “wicked problems” ranging from the effect of climate change on coastal erosion, to the more frequent occurrence of 100-year storms, to the restoration of dead rivers caused by massive urbanization. An innovative feature of this institute will be a pCorps program for graduate students and researchers to prepare them for policy implications of their scientific discoveries, inspired by the iCorps program at NSF. The Institute brings together faculty and students from Arts and Sciences, SEAS, Architecture, Batten, Law, Nursing, McIntire, Curry, Medicine, and the Miller Center.

These Institutes will bring together faculty and students in diverse areas of scholarship from schools across Grounds to engage in collaborative, transdisciplinary research, addressing some of society’s most complex and difficult problems.

We are planning a celebratory event for this fall to honor these teams for this award, acknowledge all the finalists for their efforts, and to launch the process for establishing future pan-university institutes.

Our deepest thanks to all of those who participated, from the dedicated staff and the committee who shepherded this process, the external and internal readers who took time and energy to vet these proposals, and of course all our faculty and researchers who submitted proposals, or supported those who did. We have a terrific community producing remarkable research, and we feel confident these institutes will make profound contributions to our research enterprise.

Tom & Phil

Thomas C. Katsouleas
Executive Vice President and Provost

Phillip A. Parrish
Interim Vice President for Research