The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is represented by a diverse, yet highly interactive, faculty devoted to excellence in research as well as graduate and medical education. Faculty research is supported by outstanding postdoctoral associates, graduate students and research assistants. Research interests of the faculty are described in the links below.
Francis Alonzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying Staphylococcus aureus disease processes and bacterial evasion of the host immune response.
David W. Hecht, M.D., Professor. Molecular Microbiologist. Mechanisms by which Bacteroides fragilis causes serious infections and acquires resistance to antimicrobial agents.
J. Paul O'Keefe, M.D., Professor. Clinical Microbiologist. Clinical infectious diseases.
Karen L. Visick, Ph.D., Professor. Microbial Geneticist. Vibrio fischeri-squid mutualism: a model for investigating symbiotic colonization by bacteria.
Video: Symbiosis: bacteria and higher organisms, interview with Karen Visick, Ph.D.
Richard M. Schultz, Ph.D., Professor. Molecular Biologist. Enzymatic modification of histones and the regulation of gene expression.
Alan J. Wolfe, Ph.D., Professor. Molecular Geneticist. Cellular physiology and gene expression.
Maskoor Choudry, Ph.D., Professor. Department of Surgery. Intestine immunity and epithelial barrier function after alcohol exposure and injury.
John Clancy, Jr. Ph.D., Professor. Immunologist. Stem Cells and regenerative medicine.
Manuel O. Díaz, M.D., Professor. Molecular Geneticist. Genetic abnormalities associated with neoplasia.
Kimberly E. Foreman, Ph.D., Associate Professor. Tumor Immunologist. Notch Signaling in Breast Cancer.
Makio Iwashima Ph.D.,
Associate Professor. Molecular & Cellular Immunologist. Cell biology of T cell subsets.
Video: The Immune System: T Cells, interview with Makio Iwashima, Ph.D
Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D., Professor & Chair. Molecular Immunologist. B-lymphocyte development and generation of the antibody repertoire.
Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Ph.D., Professor. Department of Surgery. The effects of aging, gender and alcohol exposure on inflammation and cell mediated immunity.
Dennis Lanning, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor. Molecular Immunologist Bacterial stimulation of GALT development.
Phong T. Le, Ph.D., Professor. Immunologist. T cell development and aging.
Caroline Le Poole, Ph.D.,Associate Professor. Molecular/cellular Immunologist. Autoimmunity and anti-tumor immunity to melanocytic cells.
Herbert L. Mathews, Ph.D., Professor. Immunologist. Immune dysregulation and homeostasis.
Liang Qiao, M.D., Professor. Immunologist. Mucosal Immunity and Vaccine Development.
John A. Robinson, M.D., Professor. Transplantation Immunologist. Immunopharmacologic manipulation of allograft rejection.
Pamela L. Witte, Ph.D., Professor. Cellular Immunologist. The cellular and molecular regulation of B-lymphocyte development.
Susan C. Baker, Ph.D., Professor. Molecular Virologist. The molecular biology and pathogenesis of coronaviruses.
Edward M. Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Intracellular immunity mediated by TRIM family proteins.
Thomas M. Gallagher, Ph.D., Professor. Virologist. Molecular Mechanisms of Virus Assembly and Entry.
Video: Virus Infections: SARs, interview, with Thomas M. Gallagher, Ph.D
Christopher M. Wiethoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Virologist. Mechanistic studies of nonenveloped virus cell entry.
Anthrax and bacteria that form spores, interview with Adam Driks, Ph.D.
Symbiosis: bacteria and higher organisms, interview with Karen Visick, Ph.D.
Virus Infections: SARs, interview, with Thomas M. Gallagher, Ph.D.
The Immune System: T Cells, interview with Makio Iwashima, Ph.D
Graduate Student Videos:
Creating bacterial spores in the lab with Kari Severson
Bacteria and the Immune System with Kari Severson
Preparations for Future Experiments with Taylor Heald-Sargent
Laboratories and Instrumentation
Additionally, numerous core facilities are available on campus for use by investigators. Two of these Core facilities, the DNA Core and Transgenic Core Facility, are located within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Additional details of these Facilities are provided in the links below.
Core Imaging Facility
Flow Cyometry Facility