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Microbiology and Immunology Faculty

Primary Faculty

Richard Barth
Research Interest: Genetics of Fibrosis and Analysis of Cryptic T-Cell Epitopes
Scott Butler
Research Interest: Regulation of Gene Expression by Targeted Degradation of RNA
Thomas Ciucci
Research Interest: Regulation of T cells responding to pathogens and tumors
Stephen Dewhurst
Research Interest: Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research
Paul Dunman
Research Interest: Antimicrobial drug discovery using pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter baumannii: exploiting components of the bacterial RNA metabolism machinery; characterizing prokaryotic ribonucleases; understanding the impact of the host environment on antibiotic resistance and virulence factor expression.
Michelle Dziejman
Research Interest: Type Three Secretion System mediated pathogenesis of V. cholerae
John Frelinger
Research Interest: Immunity to Tumor Antigens.
Steven Gill
Research Interest: Microbial pathogens and the impact of human microbial flora on human health and disease.
Dwight Hardy
Research Interest: Antimicrobial Susceptibility and Resistance.
Minsoo Kim
Research Interest: Innate and adaptive immune responses and cancer immunotherapy
Jim Miller
Research Interest: Molecular and cellular events that regulate T cell signaling and activation
Tim Mosmann
Research Interest: The regulation of cytokine responses of human and mouse T-cell subsets in infections asthma, allergy and autoimmunity
Shawn Murphy
Research Interest: Immunoregulatory properties of trophoblast cells
Martin Pavelka
Research Interest: Biosynthesis of the Cell Wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Biodefense Research
Robert Quivey
Research Interest: The bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, which colonizes the human mouth from the time of tooth eruption until death.
Jacques Robert
Research Interest: Experimental platform using the amphibian Xenopus for research in immunotoxicology, fundamental and medical immunology
Andrea Sant
Research Interest: Influenza specific immunity, vaccine design and regulation of T cell responses to pathogens.
Ruth Serra-Moreno
Research Interest: Studying the mechanisms by which Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and its close relative Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) circumvent the barriers of the innate immunity in their respective hosts and cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Yan Sun
Research Interest: Mechanisms of Defective Viral Genome generation
Toru Takimoto
Research Interest: Molecular Mechanisms of Paramyxovirus Infection, Replication and Assembly
Juilee Thakar
Research Interest: Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modeling tools to study immune response to infections and vaccination.
David Topham
Research Interest: Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determining the outcome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.
Brian Ward
Research Interest: Molecular Mechanisms of Poxvirus Envelope Formation
Felix Yarovinsky
Research Interest: Innate immunity, Host-microbial interactions, Immunoparasitology, Mucosal immunology
Yiping Zhu
Research Interest: Working with retroviruses (HIV-1, MLV, etc.) and focuses on identifying new host antiviral factors and deciphering viral antagonism of host defense

Research Faculty

Kihong Lim
Research Interest: Innate immunity in influenza infection, Regulation of immune responses via trail formation
Alexandra Livingstone
Research Interest: Understanding mechanisms for generating and maintaining T cell memory, with particular emphasis on responses primed by immunization with dendritic cells
Dorota Piekna-Przybylska
Research Interest: HIV Replication and Latency. The Role of RNA and DNA G-quadruplexes
Sally Quataert
Research Interest: Standardization of immunological techniques for clinical investigation of human immune status.
Mark Sangster
Research Interest: B cell responses to influenza infection and vaccination; B cell memory; mucosal immunology; mathematical modeling of B cell responses
Meera Singh
Research Interest: Platelet - monocyte complex formation

Secondary Faculty

Jennifer Anolik
Research Interest: The role of B cells in the pathophysiology of human systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and the study of new immuno-modulatory treatments
Harris Gelbard
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.
Steve Georas
Research Interest: Defining molecular pathways by which allergens and particulates activate epithelia and dendritic cells in the lung immune system
Scott Gerber
Research Interest: The Gerber lab studies tumor immunology with a focus on harnessing the immune system to recognize and kill cancerous cells utilizing an immunotherapeutic approach to enhance the efficacy of chemo/radiotherapies to control or even cure both primary and metastatic malignancies.
Francis Gigliotti
Research Interest: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia; Infections in the immunocompromised host
Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo
Research Interest: Food allergies disorders, caused by milk, eggs and peanuts.
B. Paige Lawrence
Research Interest: Influence of environmental factors on the development and function of the immune system
Cynthia Monaco
Research Interest: Effect of the Microbiome/Virome on Mucosal and Systemic Inflammation in Health and Disease
Craig Morrell
Research Interest: Platelet functions in hemostasis/thrombosis and vascular inflammation. Platelet driven immune responses.
Craig Mullen
Research Interest: Cancer Immunobiology and Transplant Immunology
Joshua Munger
Research Interest: Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.
Jennifer Nayak
Research Interest: CD4 T cells in primary and secondary influenza infection
Nicole Pecora
Research Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Edward Schwarz
Research Interest: Inflammatory bone loss as seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metastasis and wear debris induced osteolysis around prosthetic implants
Terry Wright
Research Interest: Immune response and Pathogenesis of lung injury and related pulmonary inflammation

Emeritus Faculty

Robert Bambara
Research Interest: Human genome stability, DNA damage response, HIV replication and evolution
Nicholas Cohen
Research Interest: Evolutionary immunobiology, neural-immune system interactions (psychoneuroimmunology)
Constantine Haidaris
Research Interest: Infections in the immunocompromised host, mechanisms of pathogenesis, host-microbe interactions and approaches to therapy

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Elliott
Research Interest: Regulation of macrophage function in innate immunity
Sanjay Maggirwar
Research Interest: Platelets, HIV, and inflammation