Molecular Microbiology Faculty

Members

David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Program Chair


Eric J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Vice Chair


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.
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.
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.
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


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


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


Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research InterestsDysbiosis 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.


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


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