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Selected Research Areas

MDTP trainer laboratories pursue investigations on a range of scientific research topics related to microbiology. Classifications are inevitably somewhat arbitrary, following are some of the subdisciplines covered by MDTP faculty with links to lists of trainers working in those areas. Each area page will provide brief research descriptions for each trainer and a link to his or her website. This information is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to convey a sense of research breadth in the MDTP, and of focused research strength in fifteen areas.

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Image files/trainers/ahlquist.sepia.jpg Paul Ahlquist supervised_user_circle public

Molecular Virology
Molecular mechanisms of viral replication host interactions and oncogenesis

Image files/trainers/d_amador-noguez.jpg Daniel Amador-Noguez supervised_user_circle public

Metabolic regulation in biofuels

Image files/trainers/Ane-Jean-Michel.jpg Jean-Michel Ane supervised_user_circle public

Symbiotic associations betweens plants and microbes

Image files/trainers/barak.jpg Jeri Barak supervised_user_circle public

Plant Pathology
The biology of Salmonella enterica and pathogenic E. coli in association with plants.

Image files/trainers/afb.jpg Andrew Bent supervised_user_circle public

Plant Pathology
Plant Disease resistance and host-pathogen dynamics.

Image files/trainers/dillard.jpg Joseph Dillard supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular mechanisms of disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Image files/trainers/EidePic.jpg David Eide supervised_user_circle public

Nutritional Sciences
Nutritional genomics and molecular responses to changes in nutrient status

Image files/pictures/Elfeinbein.jpg Johanna Elfenbein supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Molecular mechanisms of Salmonella gut colonization and transmission

Image files/trainers/engin.jpg Feyza Engin supervised_user_circle public

Biomolecular Chemistry
Molecular mechanisms of autoimmune diabetes.  Pancreatic beta cell-immune cell crosstalk.

Image files/trainers/r_gourse.jpg Richard Gourse supervised_user_circle public

Prokaryotic transcription/regulation of ribosome synthesis

Image files/pictures/handelsman.jpg Jo Handelsman public

Plant Pathology
Genetic and biochemical processes underlying interactions within plant and human microbiomes

Image files/trainers/Hittinger.jpg Chris Hittinger supervised_user_circle public

Diversity and evolution of yeast carbon metabolism

Image files/trainers/cmhull.jpg Christina Hull supervised_user_circle public

Biomolecular Chemistry/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular biology of human fungal pathogens

Image files/trainers/e_johnson.jpg Eric Johnson supervised_user_circle public

Clostridium botulinum and its toxins; food and industrial microbiology

Image files/trainers/Mandel.jpeg Mark Mandel supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Bacterial colonization of host epithelial tissue, Vibrio fischeri-squid symbiosis.

Image files/trainers/mcclean_megan.png Megan McClean supervised_user_circle public

Biomedical Engineering
Microfluidic and optogenetic tools for studying microbial signal processing

Image files/trainers/d_oconnor.jpg David O'Connor supervised_user_circle public

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Genetics and immunology of HIV

Image files/pictures/Pepperell_Caitlin.jpeg Caitlin Pepperell supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Medicine
Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

Image files/pictures/jpeters2.jpg Jason Peters supervised_user_circle public

CRISPR-based functional genomics in pathogenic bacteria

Image files/trainers/pfleger_brian.jpg Brian Pfleger supervised_user_circle public

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Synthetic Biology -- Metabolic Engineering -- Biotechnology -- Protein Engineering -- Natural Products

Image files/trainers/sauer.png John-Demian (JD) Sauer supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Bacterial Pathogensis

Image files/trainers/picture-68.jpg David Schwartz supervised_user_circle public

Development and application of new approaches of genomic science to important biological problems

Image files/pictures/Sharp-headshot2.JPG Nathaniel Sharp supervised_user_circle public

Evolutionary genetics of spontaneous mutation

Image files/trainers/g_suen.jpg Garret Suen supervised_user_circle public

Symbiotic microbes and microbial communities associated with herbivores deconstruct of plant biomass

Image files/pictures/van Pijkeren.jpeg JP van Pijkeren supervised_user_circle public

Food Science
Microbiota-host interactions and development of biotherapeutics

Image files/trainers/j_wang.jpg Jade Wang supervised_user_circle public

Bacterial stress response, replication transcription conflict, genome stability

Image files/trainers/welch.jpg Rodney Welch supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular analysis of bacteria pathogens

Image files/trainers/j_yu.jpg Jaehyuk Yu supervised_user_circle public

Fungi and mycotoxins: Molecular genetics of asexual sporulation and mycotoxin biosynthesis in filamentous fungi