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Molecular Microbiology Faculty 

Program Chair

John Schoggins
John Schoggins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Virus-host interactions and viral pathogenesis, antiviral immune responses, interferon effector mechanisms

Faculty

Neal Alto, Ph.D.

Professor

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

Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Paul Blount, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Bacterial mechanosensitive channels and their role in allowing the cell to adapt to different osmotic environments

Paul Blount, Ph.D.
Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: RNA transcription, processing, and decay in Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus and its human host cells

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Ivan D’Orso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Biochemistry, HIV/AIDS, host-pathogen interactions, protein-protein interactions, protein-RNA complexes, transcription regulation

Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Role of nuclear transport factors in interphase and mitosis from viral pathogenesis to cell division

Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D,
Don Gammon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Virus-host interactions; invertebrate model systems; RNA/DNA virus replication; immune evasion and pathogenesis; viral manipulation of host cytoskeletal networks; virus co-infections

Don Gammon, Ph.D.
David Greenberg, M.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Gram-negative infections in the immunocompromised host; host-pathogen interactions; novel therapeutics in gram-negative infections

David Greenberg, M.D.
David Hendrixson, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Identification and genetic regulation of bacterial virulence and colonization factors; development of bacterial-host relationships

David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Lora Hooper, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Host-microbial interactions; commensal bacteria; mucosal immunity

Lora Hooper, Ph.D.
Raksha Jain, M.D.

Associate 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

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Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Molecular epidemiology and biology of respiratory syncytial virus; newly emerging human viral pathogens

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew Koh, M.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Pathogenesis of Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa; host-pathogen interactions

Andrew Koh, M.D.
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

Tony Michael, Ph.D.
Jessica Moreland, M.D.

Professor

Research Interests: In vivo models, and clinical studies to investigate the role of the innate immune system in the development and resolution of inflammation

Jessica Moreland, M.D.
Michael V. Norgard, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Molecular biology and immunology of syphilis and Lyme disease

Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Robert Orchard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: CRISPR/Cas9 screening, host-pathogen interactions, immunology, norovirus, virology

Robert Orchard, Ph.D.
Kim Orth, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Signal transduction in the microbial pathogen Yersinia pestis

Kim Orth, Ph.D.
Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Hepatitis C virus; poliovirus; yellow fever virus; virus-host interactions and pathogenesis

Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Co-infection, herpes viruses, host-pathogen interaction, immunology, virology

Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.
Kim Reynolds, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Statistical analysis and rational design of cellular systems; evolutionary design of the bacterial flagellum

Kim Reynolds, Ph.D.
Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis; role of carbon monoxide (CO) in host-pathogen interactions; innate immune response to intracellular pathogens

Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.

Professor

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

Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.
Erdal Toprak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Antibiotic resistance and sensitivity; single molecule biophysics; synthetic biology

Erdal Toprak, Ph.D.
Nicolai S. C. van Oers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Regulation of antigen receptor signal-transduction systems

Nicolai S. C. van Oers, Ph.D.
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

Dawn Wetzel, M.D., Ph.D.
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

Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Nan Yan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Innate immune recognition of viruses; host-virus interactions; pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases

Nan Yan, Ph.D.

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

Nancy Street, Ph.D.