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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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Protein Structure and Function

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

Plant Pathology
Plant Disease resistance and host-pathogen dynamics.

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/burton6.jpg Briana Burton supervised_user_circle public

Molecular mechanisms of macromolecule transport across membranes.

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

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/mike_at_desk.jpg Michael Cox supervised_user_circle public

Molecular biology and enzymology of genetic recombination and DNA repair

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/t_donohue.jpg Timothy Donohue supervised_user_circle public

bacterial renewable energy strategies

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

Structural biology of pathogenesis

Image files/trainers/gumperz.jpg Jenny Gumperz supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular and functional analyses of T lymphocytes in innate immunity

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

Molecular mechanisms of drug efflux and bacterial secondary active transport

Image files/trainers/huttenlocher.jpg Anna Huttenlocher supervised_user_circle public

Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular mechanisms of leukocyte chemotaxis and inflammation

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/keck_small.jpg James Keck supervised_user_circle public

Biomolecular Chemistry
Study the structure and function of proteins that are involved in multiple nucleic acid metabolic pathways

Image files/trainers/kiley_small.jpg Patricia Kiley supervised_user_circle public

Biomolecular Chemistry
Transcriptional control of anaerobic gene expression in E. coli

Image files/trainers/landick.jpg Robert Landick supervised_user_circle public

Transcriptional regulation/RNA polymerase structure and function

Image files/pictures/Dan_Loeb.jpg Dan Loeb supervised_user_circle public

Oncology and Virology
Hepatitis B viruses

Image files/trainers/Raman.png Vatsan Raman supervised_user_circle public

Design of synthetic bacteriophags for therapy and microbiome eidting, engineering microbial transcription, protein design

Image files/trainers/Alessandro_Senes_165x165.png Alessandro Senes supervised_user_circle public

Structure and function of membrane proteins of the bacterial divisome.

Image files/trainers/m_thomas.jpg Michael Thomas supervised_user_circle public

Biosynthesis of bacterial secondary metabolites

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

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular analysis of bacteria pathogens