Molecular Microbiology Faculty

David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Program Chair

Eric J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Vice Chair

Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Alto Lab
Research Interests: The intersection between human signal-transduction and bacterial pathogenesis; use of biochemical and cell biological analysis to define molecular mechanisms of microbial infectious disease

Paul Blount, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Blount Lab
Research Interests: Bacterial mechanosensitive channels and their role in allowing the cell to adapt to different osmotic environments

Cheng-Ming Chiang, Ph.D.
Chiang Lab
Research Interests: Transcriptional regulation in human papillomavirus and other small DNA tumor viruses; epigenetic control of viral minichromosomes; modulation of protein function by posttranslational modification

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Conrad Lab
Research Interests: RNA transcription, processing and decay in Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and its human host cells

Ivan D'Orso
Assistant Professor
D'Orso Lab
Research Interests: Biochemistry, HIV/AIDS, host-pathogen interactions, protein-protein interactions, protein-RNA complexes, transcription regulation

Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fontoura Lab
Research Interests: Role of nuclear transport factors in interphase and mitosis from viral pathogenesis to cell division

Marie Alda Gilles-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Heme proteins that serve as oxygen sensors in M. tuberculosis, E. coli, and Rhizobia: characterization of signal-transduction mechanisms of these sensors and their roles in host-microbial interactions

David Greenberg, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Greenberg Lab
Research Interests: Gram-negative infections in the immunocompromised host; host-pathogen interactions; novel therapeutics in Gram-negative infections

Eric J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Hansen Lab
Research Interests: Molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis; use of genetic analysis to identify bacterial virulence factor

David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Hendrixson Lab
Research Interests: Identification and genetic regulation of bacterial virulence and colonization factors; development of bacterial-host relationships

Lora Hooper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hooper Lab
Research Interests: Host-microbial interactions; commensal bacteria; mucosal immunity

Raksha Jain, M.D.
Assistant Professor
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Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.
Kahn Lab
Research Interests: Molecular epidemiology and biology of respiratory syncytial virus; newly emerging human viral pathogens

Andrew Koh, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Koh Lab
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa; host-pathogen interactions

Beth Levine, M.D.
Levine Lab
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions; autophagy in innate immunity against intracellular pathogens; autophagy in cell death regulation and cancer biology

Tony Michael, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Genomics-driven biochemical discovery in microbial metabolism; evolution of biosynthetic pathways; role of polyamines in bacterial growth, proliferation, biofilm formation and pathogenesis.

Michael V. Norgard, Ph.D.
Norgard Lab
Research Interests: Molecular biology and immunology of syphilis and Lyme disease

Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pfeiffer Lab
Research Interests: Hepatitis C virus; poliovirus; yellow fever virus; virus-host interactions and pathogenesis

Kim Reynolds, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Reynolds Lab
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John Schoggins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Schoggins Lab
Research Interests: Virus-host interactions and viral pathogenesis, antiviral immune responses, interferon effector mechanisms

Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Shiloh Lab
Research Interests:  Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis; role of carbon monoxide (CO) in host-pathogen interactions; innate immune response to intracellular pathogens.

Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Sperandio Lab
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of E. coli O157:H7; bacterial virulence gene regulation by quorum sensing

Nancy E. Street, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Interests: Activation and differentiation of murine T-helper cell; the role of T-helper cells in tumor dormancy and infectious disease

Iwona Stroynowski, Ph.D.
Stroynowski Lab
Research Interests: Structure-function of major histocompatibility antigens

Jonathan W. Uhr, M.D.
Uhr Lab
Research Interests: Antibody-induced signaling for apoptosis; cancer dormancy

Nicolai S. C. van Oers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
van Oers Lab
Research Interests: Regulation of antigen receptor signal-transduction systems

Ellen S. Vitetta, Ph.D.
Vitteta Lab
Research Interests:
Therapy of B-cell tumors; immunotoxins in cancer and AIDS; tumor dormancy; AIDS latency

Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests

Nan Yan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Yan Lab
Research Interests: Innate immune recognition of viruses; Host:virus interactions; Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases.

Felix Yarovinsky, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Toll-like receptor signaling, dendritic cells, and host-pathogen interactions

Dorothy C. Yuan, Ph.D.
Yuan Lab
Research Interests: Molecular analysis of regulation of immunoglobulin synthesis and B-NK cell interactions