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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Microbial Pathogenesis

Image files/trainers/cza.jpg Caitilyn Allen supervised_user_circle public

Plant Pathology
Physiology and genetics of bacterial plant pathogens

Image files/trainers/ANDES_DAVID_R.jpg David Andes supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Antifungal activity and drug resistance

Image files/trainers/kbernard.jpg Kristen Bernard supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Pathogensis and transmission of arthropod-borne viruses

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

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

Image files/trainers/brandt.jpg Curtis Brandt supervised_user_circle public

Opthalmology/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Virology; pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus; gene therapy and antiviral drugs

Image files/trainers/cavagnero.jpg Silvia Cavagnero supervised_user_circle public

Chemistry
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.

Image files/trainers/czuprync-1.jpg Charles Czuprynski supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Immunology and pathogenic bacteria

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/pictures/Elfeinbein.jpg Johanna Elfenbein supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Molecular mechanisms of Salmonella gut colonization and transmission

Image files/trainers/k_forest.jpg Katrina Forest supervised_user_circle public

Bacteriology
Structural biology of pathogenesis

Image files/trainers/blocks_image_0_1.jpg Thomas Friedrich supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
immunity to pandemic viruses: HIV and influenza

Image files/trainers/friesen.jpg Paul Friesen supervised_user_circle public

Biochemistry (Virology)
Molecular biology of eukaryotic DNA viruses regulation of gene expression programmed cell death (apoptosis) and retrotransposons.

Image files/trainers/golos_small.jpg Thaddeus (Ted) Golos supervised_user_circle public

Comparative Biosciences
Biology of the maternal-fetal interface, including pathogenesis of pregnancy loss with maternal infection with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Image files/pictures/hw150.jpeg Katie Henzler-Wildman supervised_user_circle public

Biochemistry
Molecular mechanisms of drug efflux and bacterial secondary active transport

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/trainers/cmhull.jpg Christina Hull supervised_user_circle public

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

Image files/pictures/huynh.jpeg Tu Anh Huynh supervised_user_circle public

Food Science
Molecular mechanisms of c-di-AMP signaling in bacteria, bacterial signal transduction, bacterial pathogenesis and stress response

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

Bacteriology
Clostridium botulinum and its toxins; food and industrial microbiology

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/kawaokay.jpg Yoshihiro Kawaoka supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Science
Molecular mechanism of interspecies transmission of virus leading to influenza pandemics in humans; molecular pathogenesis of influenza in poultry and mammals; Ebola virus

Image files/trainers/klein_bs.jpg Bruce Klein supervised_user_circle public

Pediatrics/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Microbial-host interactions and pathogenesis

Image files/trainers/knoll.jpg Laura Knoll supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular mechanisms of development and pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii

Image files/trainers/Nett_Jeniel.jpg Jeniel Nett supervised_user_circle public

Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Immune responses to fungal biofilm infection

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

Pathology and Labratory Medicine
Genetics and immunology of HIV

Image files/trainers/soconnor_200.jpg Shelby O'Connor supervised_user_circle public

Pathology and Labratory Medicine
Host and vaccine-elicited immune responses to SIV/HIV.

Image files/trainers/Matt.jpg Matt Reynolds supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Investigate adaptive immune responses to prevent or eliminate AIDS virus infections

Image files/pictures/salgado-pabon.jpg Wilmara Salgado-Pabon supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus with an emphasis on the contribution of enterotoxins and cytolysins to the pathophysiology of severe disease, including (but not limited to) sepsis, pneumonia, and infective endocarditis

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

Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Bacterial Pathogensis

Image files/trainers/jasmith.jpg Judith (Judy) Smith supervised_user_circle public

Pediatrics
The intersection of endoplasmic reticulum stress, infectious and imflammatory diseases

Image files/trainers/striker.jpg Rob Striker supervised_user_circle public

Medicine/Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Pathogen specific kinase inhibitors as anti-infectives, and immune recovery

Image files/trainers/talaat-a.jpg Adel Talaat supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Functional genomics for understanding the molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis and paratuberculosis

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

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular analysis of bacteria pathogens

Image files/trainers/Whitman-T.png Thea Whitman supervised_user_circle public

Soil Science
Microbial Ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, and stable isotopes.

Image files/trainers/woods.jpg Jon Woods supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Pathogenic mechanisms host-parasite interactions and environmental and virulence-associated gene regulation of the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum