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Faculty Trainers

Each of the faculty members in the microbiology program are in the table below. Also listed are their primary affiliations or home departments and their main focus of research. Click on the name of professor to learn more about their research. Click here for a version of this list you can print.

Name & Primary Affiliation Research Program
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/ahlquist.sepia.jpgPaul Ahlquist
Molecular Virology
MDTP students trained: 3
Ahlquist Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of viral replication host interactions and oncogenesis
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/cza.jpgCaitilyn Allen
Plant Pathology
MDTP students trained: 7
Allen Lab website, Physiology and genetics of bacterial plant pathogens
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/d_amador-noguez.jpgDaniel Amador-Noguez
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 3
Amador-Noguez Lab website, Metabolic regulation in biofuels
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/ANDES_DAVID_R.jpgDavid Andes
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Andes Lab website, Antifungal activity and drug resistance
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/Ane-Jean-Michel.jpgJean-Michel Ane
Bacteriology
Ane Lab website, Symbiotic associations betweens plants and microbes
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/barak.jpgJeri Barak
Plant Pathology
Barak Lab website, The biology of /Salmonella enterica /and pathogenic /E. coli /in association with plants.
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/afb.jpgAndrew Bent
Plant Pathology
MDTP students trained: 1
Bent Lab website, Plant Disease resistance and host-pathogen dynamics.
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/kbernard.jpgKristen Bernard
Pathobiological Sciences
Bernard Lab website, Pathogensis and transmission of arthropod-borne viruses
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/picture-61.jpgHelen Blackwell
Chemistry
MDTP students trained: 1
Blackwell Lab website, Chemical approaches to modulate quorum sensing in animal and plant-associated bacteria; Design of artificial bacterial signaling molecules
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/brandt.jpgCurtis Brandt
Opthalmology/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 2
Brandt Lab website, Virology; pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus; gene therapy and antiviral drugs
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/burton6.jpgBriana Burton
Bacteriology
Burton Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of macromolecule transport across membranes.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/careyh_thumb.pngHannah Carey
Comparative Biosciences
Carey Lab website, Symbiotic relationship between mammalian hibernators and their gut microbial communities. 
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/cavagnero.jpgSilvia Cavagnero
Chemistry
Cavagnero Lab website, Mechanisms of protein folding and misfolding in the bacterial cell. Chaperone- and ribosome-assisted prevention of aggregation. The effect of antibiotics on cotranslational protein folding.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/mike_at_desk.jpgMichael Cox
Biochemistry
MDTP students trained: 3
Cox Lab website, Molecular biology and enzymology of genetic recombination and DNA repair
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/c_currie.jpgCameron Currie
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 9
Currie Lab website, Microbial ecology andevolution symbiosis evolutionary genomics and host-pathogen interactions
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/czuprync-1.jpgCharles Czuprynski
Pathobiological Sciences
MDTP students trained: 1
Czuprynski Lab website, Immunology and pathogenic bacteria
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/dillard.jpgJoseph Dillard
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 11
Dillard Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/t_donohue.jpgTimothy Donohue
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 5
Donohue Lab website, bacterial renewable energy strategies
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/EidePic.jpgDavid Eide
Nutritional Sciences
MDTP students trained: 1
Eide Lab website, Nutritional genomics and molecular responses to changes in nutrient status
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/engin.jpgFeyza Engin
Biomolecular Chemistry
Engin Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of autoimmune diabetes.  Pancreatic beta cell-immune cell crosstalk.
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/david-evans.jpgDavid Evans
Pathology and Labratory Medicine
Evans Lab website, Host-pathogen interactions for the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/t_filutowicz.jpgMarcin Filutowicz
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 2
Filutowicz Lab website, Regulation of DNA replication
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/k_forest.jpgKatrina Forest
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 2
Forest Lab website, Structural biology of pathogenesis
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/blocks_image_0_1.jpgThomas Friedrich
Pathobiological Sciences
MDTP students trained: 3
Friedrich Lab website, immunity to pandemic viruses: HIV and influenza
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/friesen.jpgPaul Friesen
Biochemistry (Virology)
MDTP students trained: 3
Friesen Lab website, Molecular biology of eukaryotic DNA viruses regulation of gene expression programmed cell death (apoptosis) and retrotransposons.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/picture-37.jpgAudrey Gasch
Genetics
MDTP students trained: 2
Gasch Lab website, Genomic expression in fungi
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/tony_k_30pond.jpgTony Goldberg
Pathobiological Sciences
Goldberg Lab website, Ecology an evolution of infectious diseases with an emphasis on zoonoses and emerging pathogens
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/golos_small.jpgThaddeus (Ted) Golos
Comparative Biosciences
Golos Lab website, Biology of the maternal-fetal interface, including pathogenesis of pregnancy loss with maternal infection with Listeria Monocytogenes.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/r_gourse.jpgRichard Gourse
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 11
Gourse Lab website, Prokaryotic transcription/regulation of ribosome synthesis
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/gumperz.jpgJenny Gumperz
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 1
Gumperz Lab website, Molecular and functional analyses of T lymphocytes in innate immunity
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/k_hammel.jpgKenneth Hammel
Forest Products Lab
MDTP students trained: 1
Hammel Lab website, Lignocellulose degredation by filamentous fungi
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/hickey.jpgWilliam Hickey
Soil Science
Hickey Lab website, Soil microbiology bioremdiation physiology & molecular ecology functional genomics
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/Hittinger.jpgChris Hittinger
Genetics
MDTP students trained: 1
Hittinger Lab website, Diversity and evolution of yeast carbon metabolism
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/cmhull.jpgChristina Hull
Biomolecular Chemistry/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Hull Lab website, Molecular biology of human fungal pathogens
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/huttenlocher.jpgAnna Huttenlocher
Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
MDTP students trained: 4
Huttenlocher Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of leukocyte chemotaxis and inflammation
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/e_johnson.jpgEric Johnson
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 2
Johnson Lab website, Clostridium botulinum and its toxins; food and industrial microbiology
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/kalejta4.jpgRobert Kalejta
Molecular Virology
MDTP students trained: 4
Kalejta Lab website, Viral modulation of the cell cycle
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/c_kaspar.jpgCharles Kaspar
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 2
Kaspar Lab website, Molecular and physiological basis of stress tolerance
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/kawaokay.jpgYoshihiro Kawaoka
Pathobiological Science
MDTP students trained: 1
Kawaoka Lab website, Molecular mechanism of interspecies transmission of virus leading to influenza pandemics in humans; molecular pathogenesis of influenza in poultry and mammals; Ebola virus
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/keck_small.jpgJames Keck
Biomolecular Chemistry
MDTP students trained: 2
Keck Lab website, Study the structure and function of proteins that are involved in multiple nucleic acid metabolic pathways
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/n_keller.jpgNancy Keller
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 5
Keller Lab website, Host and pathogen signals governing toxin formation spore develpment and pathogenesis of seed by fungi
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/kenney.jpgShannon Kenney
Medicine
MDTP students trained: 2
Kenney Lab website, Epstein-Barr virus pathogenesis and treatment
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/kiessling.jpgLaura Kiessling
Biochemistry
Kiessling Lab website, Molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial sensing and mycobacterial cell wall biosynthesis.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/kiley_small.jpgPatricia Kiley
Biomolecular Chemistry
MDTP students trained: 2
Kiley Lab website, Transcriptional control of anaerobic gene expression in E. coli
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/klein_bs.jpgBruce Klein
Pediatrics/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 3
Klein Lab website, Microbial-host interactions and pathogenesis
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/knoll.jpgLaura Knoll
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 7
Knoll Lab website, Molecular mechanisms of development and pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/landick.jpgRobert Landick
Biochemistry
MDTP students trained: 1
Landick Lab website, Transcriptional regulation/RNA polymerase structure and function
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/Loewe.pngLaurence Loewe
Genetics, WID
Loewe Lab website, Evolution, systems biology, population genetics, evosysbio in diverse systems, all investigated by computer simulations.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/long_md.jpgSharon Long
Soil Science and Wisconsin State Labratory of Hygiene
Long Lab website, Applied environmental microbiology focusing on indicator organisms microbial source tracking and microbial safety biosolids
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/malkovsky.jpgMiroslav Malkovsky
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 1
Malkovsky Lab website, Cellular genes regulating expression of human and simian immunodeficiency viruses; biological role of gamma/delta T cells
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/j_mansfield.jpgJohn Mansfield
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 3
Mansfield Lab website, Immunology and molecular biology of infectious disease
(No longer taking new students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/mcclean_megan.pngMegan McClean
Biomedical Engineering
McClean Lab website, Microfluidic and optogenetic tools for studying microbial signal processing
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/mcmahon_katherine-1.jpgKatherine McMahon
Civil & Environmental Engineering
MDTP students trained: 5
McMahon Lab website, Environmental microbiology and molecular microbial ecology
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/McNeel.jpgDouglas McNeel
Medicine-Division of Hematology-Oncology
MDTP students trained: 2
McNeel Lab website, Anti-tumor DNA vaccines for prostate cancer treatment
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/mehle.pngAndrew Mehle
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
MDTP students trained: 3
Mehle Lab website, Influenza virus polymerase
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/Nett_Jeniel.jpgJeniel Nett
Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Nett Lab website, Immune responses to fungal biofilm infection
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/d_oconnor.jpgDavid O'Connor
Pathology and Labratory Medicine
O'Connor Lab website, Genetics and immunology of HIV
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/soconnor_200.jpgShelby O'Connor
Pathology and Labratory Medicine
O'Connor Lab website, Host and vaccine-elicited immune responses to SIV/HIV.
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/a_palmenberg.jpgAnn Palmenberg
Biochemistry
MDTP students trained: 1
Palmenberg Lab website, Molecular biology of RNA picornaviruses; protein translation proteolytic processing; RNA synthesis; viral pathogenesis; viral vaccines vaccine vectors; computer-based sequence analysis
(No longer taking new students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/paulnock.jpgDonna Paulnock
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 3
Paulnock Lab website, Cellular and molecular immunology
(No longer taking new students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/Pepperell, Caitlin.jpgCaitlin Pepperell
Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Medicine
MDTP students trained: 3
Pepperell Lab website, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/pfleger_brian.jpgBrian Pfleger
Chemical and Biological Engineering
MDTP students trained: 2
Pfleger Lab website, Synthetic Biology -- Metabolic Engineering -- Biotechnology -- Protein Engineering -- Natural Products
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/Raman.pngVatsan Raman
Biochemistry
Raman Lab website, Synthetic and systems biology, protein design, directed evolution of proteins and biosynthetic pathways
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/reed_jennifer.jpgJennie Reed
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Reed Lab website, Metabolic and regulatory models of organisms involved in bioremediation bioenergy and pharmaceutical applications
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/f_rey.jpgFederico Rey
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 2
Rey Lab website, Gut microbial metabolism and  human health
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/roden_e.jpgEric Roden
Geology and Geophysics
Roden Lab website, Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of soils and sediments; ecophysiologyof anaerobic respritory microorganisms
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/SushmitaRoy.pngSushmita Roy
Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, WID systems biology
Roy Lab website, Inference and analysis of structure, function and evolution of regulatory networks. Statistical models for network-based genomic data integration
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/msandor_200.jpgMatyas Sandor
Pathology
Sandor Lab website, Role of T cells in infectious diseases
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/sauer.pngJohn-Demian (JD) Sauer
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
MDTP students trained: 3
Sauer Lab website, Bacterial Pathogensis
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/schell2.jpgRonald Schell
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Schell Lab website, Immune responses to Borrelia burgdorferi
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/picture-68.jpgDavid Schwartz
Genetics
Schwartz Lab website, Development and application of new approaches of genomic science to important biological problems
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/sherer.jpgNathan Sherer
Molecular Virology, Oncology
MDTP students trained: 1
Sherer Lab website, HIV-1 RNA trafficking, virus-Host interactions
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/jasmith.jpgJudith (Judy) Smith
Pediatrics
Smith Lab website, The intersection of endoplasmic reticulum stress, infectious and imflammatory diseases
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/picture-70.jpgPaul Sondel
Pediatrics
MDTP students trained: 1
Sondel Lab website, Human genetics; immunology
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/striker.jpgRob Striker
Medicine/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 2
Striker Lab website, Nucleotide selectivity error rate and supramolecular structure of the hepatitis C viral (HCV) polymerase
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/g_suen.jpgGarret Suen
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 8
Suen Lab website, Symbiotic microbes and microbial communities associated with herbivores deconstruct of plant biomass
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/sureshm.jpgM. Suresh
Pathobiological Sciences
Suresh Lab website, Regulation of T cell proliferation apoptosis and memory
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/talaat-a.jpgAdel Talaat
Pathobiological Sciences
MDTP students trained: 2
Talaat Lab website, Functional genomics for understanding the molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis and paratuberculosis
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/m_thomas.jpgMichael Thomas
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 8
Thomas Lab website, Biosynthesis of bacterial secondary metabolites
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/van Pijkeren.jpgJP van Pijkeren
Food Science
MDTP students trained: 1
van Pijkeren Lab website, Microbiota-host interactions and development of biotherapeutics
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/venturelliophelia150.jpgOphelia Venturelli
Biochemistry
Venturelli Lab website, Systems & synthetic biology of microbial consortia, design and anlysis of gene regulatory networks
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/k_vetsigian.jpgKalin Vetsigian
Bacteriology
Vetsigian Lab website, The dynamics of microbial interactions in natural and synthetic microbial communities
(Currently accepting students)
Image http://media.microbialsciences.wisc.edu/people/mdtp/j_wang.jpgJade Wang
Bacteriology
MDTP students trained: 5
Wang Lab website, Bacterial stress response, replication transcription conflict, genome stability
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/k_wassarman.jpgKaren Wassarman
Bacteriology
Wassarman Lab website, Small RNAs in bacteria
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/WeibelSp2010_A.jpgDouglas Weibel
Biochemistry
MDTP students trained: 1
Weibel Lab website, Biochemical studies of bacterial physiology and behavior
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/welch.jpgRodney Welch
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 10
Welch Lab website, Molecular analysis of bacteria pathogens
(No longer taking new students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/woods.jpgJon Woods
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
MDTP students trained: 5
Woods Lab website, Pathogenic mechanisms host-parasite interactions and environmental and virulence-associated gene regulation of the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum
(Currently accepting students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/yoshinot.jpgTimothy Yoshino
Animal Health & Biomedical Sciences/Pathobiological Sciences
Yoshino Lab website, Cellular and molecular biology of schistosome blood fluke-snail host interactions
(No longer taking new students)
Image https://microbiology.wisc.edu/images/trainers/j_yu.jpgJaehyuk Yu
Bacteriology
Yu Lab website, Fungi and mycotoxins: Molecular genetics of asexual sporulation and mycotoxin biosynthesis in filamentous fungi
(Currently accepting students)