Molecular Microbiology Faculty 

David Corey, Ph.D.

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

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

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

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

Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D.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
Research Interests: Gram-negative infections in the immunocompromised host; host-pathogen interactions; novel therapeutics in gram-negative infections

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

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

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

Raksha Jain, M.D.Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Hormone effects on airway epithelial cell responses to bacterial infection, novel therapeutics to target the Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, host pathogen interaction in cystic fibrosis lung disease

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.Professor
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.Professor
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.Associate 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.Professor
Norgard Lab
Research Interests: Molecular biology and immunology of syphilis and Lyme disease

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

Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Reese Lab
Research Interests: Co-infection, herpes viruses, host-pathogen interaction, immunology, virology

Kim Reynolds, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Reynolds Lab
Research Interests: Statistical analysis and rational design of cellular systems; evolutionary design of the bacterial flagellum

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

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

Erdal Toprak, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Toprak Lab
Research Interests: Antibiotic resistance and sensitivity; single molecule biophysics; synthetic biology

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

Dawn Wetzel, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular pathogenesis of leishmaniasis and other parasitic infections; development of novel antiparasitics; host-pathogen interactions

Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Dysbiosis of the gut microbiota; host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in the inflamed gut; pathogenesis of salmonella infection; connecting metabolism and virulence during infection with enteric pathogens

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

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.

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