Molecular Microbiology Faculty 

David Hendrixson, 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 Hansen, Ph.D.

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

Neil Alto, Ph.D.

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.

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

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.

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

Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.

Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D., 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.

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

Don Gammon, Ph.D.

Don Gammon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Gammon Lab
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.

David Greenberg, M.D.

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 Hansen, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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

Raksha Jain, M.D.

Raksha Jain, M.D., Assistant Professor
Jain Lab
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.

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.

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

Beth Levine, M.D.

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.

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 Norgard, Ph.D.

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

Kim Orth, Ph.D.

Kim Orth, Ph.D.
Orth Lab
Research Interests: Signal transduction in the microbial pathogen Yersinia pestis

Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

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.

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

Kim Reynolds, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Erdal Toprak, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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.

Sebastian Winter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Winter Lab
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.

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 Street, Ph.D.

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