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Institute of Molecular Medicine

About VIMM


The Virginia Commonwealth University Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) is directed by Paul B. Fisher, MPh, PhD, FNAI, and its members include Umesh Desai, PhD, Zheng Fu, PhD, Steven Grant, MD, Suyun Huang, MD, PhD, Nicholas Johnson, MD, MSci, FAAN, Joseph Landry, PhD, Larisa Litovchick, MD, PhD, Masoud Manjili, DVM, PhD, Devanand Sarkar, MBBS, PhD, Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, PhD, Jolene Windle, PhD, Timothy York, PhD, Charles Chalfant PhD, Seth Corey, MD, MPh, Carlo Croce, MD, Kenneth Tew, PhD, DSc.


VIMM is housed in the Molecular Medicine Research Building and the Goodwin Research Laboratory at the VCU Medical Center.

Molecular Medicine Research Building
Goodwin Research Laboratory

Mission and goals

The mission of the VIMM is to create the next generation of effective preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for cancer, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases. Among the goals of the VIMM are to leverage current knowledge of cancer, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases to better understand genes that play a critical role in pathogenesis, to identify molecular targets for developing strategies to diagnose and treat these three disease states, and to transfer discoveries into the arena of clinical research and ultimately into practical benefit to society.