Michael V. Volin, Ph.D.

Downers Grove, IL

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Dr. Michael V. Volin earned his Ph.D. in Pathology from The University of Chicago in 1996 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University until 2000. He then became a faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry. In 2004 he moved to Midwestern University where his research laboratory studies potential mediators and therapies of rheumatoid arthritis and he teaches immunology and infectious disease to multiple graduate and medical professional programs. In 2011 he was appointed as Chair of the Microbiology and Immunology Department and in 2012 he was promoted to Professor. He is a member of The American Association of Immunology, The American College of Rheumatology, The American Society for Investigative Pathology, and The Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. He was awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health for his work studying mediators of arthritis and The American Osteopathic Association for his work studying osteopathic manipulative therapy in rat models of arthritis. He has published over 50 articles, and has been an invited speaker at national conferences.


Downers Grove, IL

Chicago College of Optometry
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Pharmacy
Downers Grove Campus
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
College of Graduate Studies - IL
College of Health Sciences - IL

Microbiology & Immunology

Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)
Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
Dental Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine
Physician Assistant Studies

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University of Chicago | 1996 | Ph.D.

Courses Taught


         MICRD 1652 (Infectious Disease, Etiologic Agents and the Immune Response I)


         IBSSD 1522 (Blood, Lymphoid Tissue and Immunology)

         IBSSD 1532 (Gastrointestinal System)

         IBSSD 1541 (Musculoskeletal System)


         MICRD 1520 (Introductory Immunology/Biologics)

         MICRD 1622 (Infectious Diseases & Their Etiologic Agents)


         MICRD 1590 (Immunology)    


         MICRD 0576 (Immunology)

         MICRD 0582 (Infectious Diseases)


         MICRD 0520 (Molecular Immunology)

         MICRD 0599 (Molecular Immunology)


Elshabrawy H, Volin MV, Essani AB, Chen Z, McInnes IB, Van Raemdonck K, Palasiewicz K, Arami S, Gonzalez M, Ashour HM, Kim S-J, Zhou G, Fox D, and Shahrara S. IL-11 facilitates a novel connection between RA joint fibroblasts and endothelial cells. 2018 Angiogenesis 21(2):215-228. PMID: 29327326


Kaltenbach DD, Jaishankar D, Hao M, Beer JC, Volin MV, Desai UR, and Tiwari V. Sulfotransferase and heparanase: Remodeling engines in promoting virus infection and disease development. 2018 Front Pharmacol, 9:1315 eCollection  doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.01315. PMID 30555321


Majmudar H, Hao M, Sankaranarayanan NV, Zanotti B, Volin MV, Desai UR, Tiwari V. A synthetic glycosaminoglycan mimetic blocks HSV-1 infection in human iris stromal cells. 2019 Antiviral Res. 161:154-162 PMID:30481525


Kim S-J, Chang HJ, Volin MV, Umar S, Van Raemdonck K, Chevalier A, Palasiewicz K, Christman J, Volkov S, Arami S, Maz M, Mehta A, Zomorrodi RK, Fox DA, Sweiss N, and Shahrara S. Macrophages are the primary effector cells in IL-7 induced arthritis. 2019 Cell Molecular Immunol. June 13 doi: 10.1038/s41423-019-0235-z. PMID:31197255


Van Raemdonck K, Umar S, Palasiewicz K, Volkov S, Volin MV, Arami S, Chang HJ, Zanotti B, Sweiss N, and Shahrara S. CCL21/CCR7 signalling in macrophages promotes joint inflammation and Th17-mediated osteoclast formation in rheumatoid arthritis. 2019 Cell Mol Life Sci. July 24. doi: 10.1007/s00018-019-03235-w. PMID:31342120


Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs

American College of Rheumatology

American Society for Investigative Pathology

American Association of Immunologists


2017 Midwestern University, The Littlejohn Award recipient