For the latest updates on UW–Madison plans and responses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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.

supervised_user_circle Accepting students
supervised_user_circle Not accepting students

Microbe-Host Interactions/Symbioses

Image files/trainers/picture-61.jpg Helen Blackwell supervised_user_circle public

Chemical approaches to modulate quorum sensing in animal and plant-associated bacteria; Design of artificial bacterial signaling molecules

Image files/trainers/careyh_thumb.png Hannah Carey supervised_user_circle public

Comparative Biosciences
Symbiotic relationship between mammalian hibernators and their gut microbial communities. 

Image files/pictures/Kerri-Coon.jpg Kerri Coon supervised_user_circle public

Insect-microbe interactions, impacts of gut microbes on the biology of disease vectors

Image files/pictures/Hryckowian.jpg Andrew Hryckowian supervised_user_circle public

Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Gut microbiome-host interactions with specific foci on diet, bacteriophages, and bacterial pathogens.

Image files/pictures/lkalan.jpeg Lindsay Kalan supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Skin microbiome in health and disease, host-microbe/microbe-microbe interactions

Image files/trainers/c_kaspar.jpg Charles Kaspar supervised_user_circle public

Molecular and physiological basis of stress tolerance

Image files/trainers/n_keller.jpg Nancy Keller supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Host and pathogen signals governing toxin formation spore develpment and pathogenesis of seed by fungi

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/mehle.png Andrew Mehle supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Influenza virus polymerase

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

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Bacterial Pathogensis

Image files/trainers/yoshinot.jpg Timothy Yoshino supervised_user_circle public

Animal Health & Biomedical Sciences/Pathobiological Sciences
Cellular and molecular biology of schistosome blood fluke-snail host interactions