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Molecular Microbiology Faculty 

Program Director

John Schoggins
John Schoggins, Ph.D.

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.
Sherry Cao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Transcription and regulation in Clostridioides difficile and other bacterial species; structure and function of RNA polymerase; antibiotics discovery of RNA polymease inhibitors

Sherry Cao, 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.

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,
Kevin Forsberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Microbiology, Genetics, Metagenomics, Evolution, Biochemistry, Phage Biology, Phage-Bacterial Arms Race, Conflict

Kevin Forsberg, 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.

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.

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.
Xin Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:Host-Microbe interactions, mucosal immunology, fungal immunology, inflamatory diseases

Xin Li, 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.
Josephine Ni, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Microbiome, inflammatory bowel disease, E. coli, gut colonization, host-microbe interactions

Josephine Ni, M.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.
Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.
Andrew Sandstrom, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Immunology, microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, molecular mechanisms of immune surveillance, and inflammation

Andrew Sandstrom, 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.
Jospehine Thinwa, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:  Host-viral pathogen interaction, neurotropic viruses, autophagy and innate immunity

Jospehine Thinwa, M.D., Ph.D.
Nicolai S. C. van Oers, Ph.D.

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.
Chien-Ting Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Virus infectioninduced nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal cancer

Chien-Ting Wu, Ph.D.
Nan Yan, Ph.D.

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.

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.