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Primary Faculty

Scott Butler
Regulation of Gene Expression by Targeted Degradation of RNA
Stephen Dewhurst
Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research
Paul Dunman
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
Type Three Secretion System mediated pathogenesis of V. cholerae
Michael Elliott
Regulation of macrophage function in innate immunity
Deborah Fowell
Differentiation of CD4 T lymphocytes in infectious and autoimmune disease
Steven Gill
Microbial pathogens and the impact of human microbial flora on human health and disease.
Constantine Haidaris
Infections in the immunocompromised host, mechanisms of pathogenesis, host-microbe interactions and approaches to therapy
Dwight Hardy
Antimicrobial Susceptibility and Resistance.
Luis Martinez-Sobrido
Molecular biology, immunology, and pathogenesis of negative-stranded viruses (Influenza viruses, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Metapneumovirus, Arenavirus, Thogoto virus, Ebola virus, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus), positive-stranded viruses (Dengue virus, SARS coronavirus, Hepatitis virus), and RNA and DNA (cytomegalovirus and vaccinia virus)
Jim Miller
Molecular and cellular events that regulate T cell signaling and activation
Tim Mosmann
The regulation of cytokine responses of human and mouse T-cell subsets in infections asthma, allergy and autoimmunity
Martin Pavelka
Biosynthesis of the Cell Wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Biodefense Research
Robert Quivey
The bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, which colonizes the human mouth from the time of tooth eruption until death.
Jacques Robert
Using a comparative biology approach to advance immunotoxicology, leveraging the amphibian Xenopus and the pox-like ranavirus FV3, to address long-term effects of water pollutants on immune cell development and on antiviral immunity across the lifespan.
Andrea Sant
Influenza specific immunity, vaccine design and regulation of T cell responses to pathogens.
Toru Takimoto
Molecular Mechanisms of Paramyxovirus Infection, Replication and Assembly
Juilee Thakar
Identification of immune signatures and characterization of dynamics of immune responses by using systems biology approaches.
David Topham
Conducting clinical and translational research on respiratory pathogens, immunity, and infectious disease, including the study of environmental factors that affect immune responses to influenza and vaccination, seeking new approaches to enhance immunity, reduce pathology, and prevent disease.
Brian Ward
Molecular Mechanisms of Poxvirus Envelope Formation
Felix Yarovinsky
Innate immunity, Host-microbial interactions, Immunoparasitology, Mucosal immunology

Research Faculty

Kihong Lim
Innate immunity in influenza infection, Regulation of immune responses via trail formation
Alexandra Livingstone
Understanding mechanisms for generating and maintaining T cell memory, with particular emphasis on responses primed by immunization with dendritic cells
Aitor  Nogalez-Gonzalez
Aitor Nogalez-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Dorota Piekna-Przybylska
HIV Replication and Latency. The Role of RNA and DNA G-quadruplexes
Sally Quataert
Standardization of immunological techniques for clinical investigation of human immune status.
Mark Sangster
B cell responses to influenza infection and vaccination; B cell memory; mucosal immunology; mathematical modeling of B cell responses
Vir Singh
Understanding the mechanism of HIV-1-induced Blood Brain Barrier damage and neuropathology using humanized mouse model.
Meera Singh
Platelet - monocyte complex formation

Secondary Faculty

Jennifer Anolik
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
Molecular mechanisms and potential pharmacological and gene therapeutic interventions for neurologic disease associated with HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system.
Steve Georas
Defining the role of environmental exposures on innate and adaptive immunity in asthma and other chronic lung diseases, with an emphasis on how particulate matter and endocrine disruptors act as risk factors.
Scott Gerber
Dr. Gerber is a tumor immunologist whose laboratory focuses on harnessing the immune system to recognize and kill cancerous cells. His lab uses an immunotherapeutic approach to enhance the efficacy of chemo/radiotherapies to treat both primary and metastatic malignancies. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Tumor Immunology Research.
Francis Gigliotti
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia; Infections in the immunocompromised host
Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo
Food allergies disorders, caused by milk, eggs and peanuts.
B. Paige Lawrence
Delineating mechanisms by which environmental exposures during different life stages alter immune function; discovering how environmental factors modulate epigenetic programming of the developing immune system, and the consequences of these changes on susceptibility to infectious, allergic, or autoimmune disease later in life.
Craig Morrell
Function of Platelets: Hemostastis/Thrombosis and Immune Regulatory Function
Craig Mullen
Cancer Immunobiology and Transplant Immunology
Joshua Munger
Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.
Shawn Murphy
Immunoregulatory properties of trophoblast cells
Jennifer Nayak
CD4 T cells in primary and secondary influenza infection
Richard Phipps
Investigating how environmental factors shape diseases involving immune and inflammatory components, including platelets, B cells, and lipid mediators, defining abnormal inflammatory and wound healing responses in the eye and lung, delineating molecular signaling in fibroblasts.
Edward Schwarz
Novel therapies for musculoskeletal diseases
Patricia Sime
Conducting clinical and translational toxicology research focusing on the lung, from studies of silica and radiation in lung fibrosis, to the effects of biomass and cigarette smoke exposure on lung inflammation and resolution pathways, to identifying key pathophysiologic pathways and developing novel therapeutics for lung inflammation and fibrosis.
John Treanor
Novel Viral Vaccines and Antivirals

Emeritus Faculty

Robert Bambara
Human genome stability, DNA damage response, HIV replication and evolution
Virgina Clark
Regulation of Virulence Factors in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
Nicholas Cohen
Evolutionary immunobiology, neural-immune system interactions (psychoneuroimmunology)
Wallace Iglewski
Wallace Iglewski, Ph.D.

Jack Maniloff
Jack Maniloff, Ph.D.

Richard Silver
Richard Silver, Ph.D.