Faculty Trainers and Administrative Staff

All Faculty Trainers

Caitilyn Allen

Position title: Professor

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Plant Pathology
Physiology and genetics of bacterial plant pathogens

Daniel Amador-Noguez

Position title: Associate Professor

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Bacteriology
Metabolic regulation in biofuels

Karthik Anantharaman

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Bacteriology
Microbial and viral ecology, bioinformatics and metagenomics, sulfur metabolism, biogeochemistry

David Andes

Position title: Professor

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Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Antifungal activity and drug resistance

Jean-Michel Ané

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Symbiotic associations between plants and microbes

Adam Bailey

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Viral Pathogenesis, Zoonosis, & Medical Countermeasures

Jeri Barak

Position title: Professor

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Plant Pathology
Phyllosphere biology of bacteria, plant - bacterial interactions

Helen Blackwell

Position title: Professor

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Chemistry
Quorum sensing in animal and plant-associated bacteria, artificial bacterial signaling molecules

Curtis Brandt

Position title: Professor

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Ophthalmology/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Virology, pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus, gene therapy and antiviral drugs

Briana Burton

Position title: Associate Professor

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Bacteriology
Molecular mechanisms of macromolecule transport across membranes

Silvia Cavagnero

Position title: Professor

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Chemistry
Mechanism of protein folding, misfolding and aggregation in the bacterial cell

Kerri Coon

Position title: Assistant Professor

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

Michael Cox

Position title: Professor

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Biochemistry
Molecular biology and enzymology of genetic recombination and DNA repair

Joseph Dillard

Position title: Professor

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

Huy Dinh

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Oncology
Unraveling immune microenvironment heterogeneity and plasticity in health and cancer

Tim Donohue

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Bacterial renewable energy strategies

Johanna Elfenbein

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Molecular mechanisms of Salmonella gut colonization and transmission

David Evans

Position title: Professor

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Host-pathogen interactions for the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses

Katrina Forest

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Structural biology of pathogenesis

Zac Freedman

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Soil Science
Environmental microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and sustainability

Thomas Friedrich

Position title: Professor

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Pathobiological Science
Immunity to pandemic viruses: HIV and influenza

Paul Friesen

Position title: Professor

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Biochemistry
Molecular biology of eukaryotic DNA viruses, apoptosis and retrotransposons

Marta Gaglia

Position title: Associate Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Virus-cell interactions in influenza A virus and oncogenic herpesviruses

Audrey Gasch

Position title: Professor

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Genetics
Genomic expression in fungi

Tony Goldberg

Position title: Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

Richard Gourse

Position title: Emeritus Professor

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Bacteriology
Prokaryotic transcription/regulation of ribosome synthesis

Jenny Gumperz

Position title: Professor

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

Jo Handelsman

Position title: Professor

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Plant Pathology
Genetic and biochemical processes within plant and human microbiomes

Katie Henzler-Wildman

Position title: Professor

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Biochemistry
Molecular mechanisms of drug efflux and bacterial secondary active transport

David Hershey

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Bacteriology
Mechanisms of surface colonization in bacteria

Gaelen Hess

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Biomolecular Chemistry
Molecular Mechanisms of Secreted Effectors from Bacterial Pathogens

Chris Hittinger

Position title: Professor

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Genetics
Evolutionary genomics and synthetic biology of yeast carbon metabolism

Andrew Hryckowian

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Gut microbiome-host interactions

Christina Hull

Position title: Professor

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Biomolecular Chemistry/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular mechanisms of development and disease among human fungal pathogens

Anna Huttenlocher

Position title: Professor

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

Tu Anh Huynh

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Food Science
Mechanisms of bacterial signaling, adaptation, pathogenesis, and antibiotic resistance

Betül Kaçar

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Bacteriology
Origins and early evolution of life, ancient proteins, functional evolution over geologic time

Robert Kalejta

Position title: Professor

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Oncology
Viral modulation of the cell cycle

Charles Kaspar

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Molecular and physiological basis of stress tolerance

Yoshihiro Kawaoka

Position title: Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Molecular mechanism of interspecies transmission of virus leading to pandemics in humans

James Keck

Position title: Professor

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Biomolecular Chemistry
Structure and function of proteins involved metabolic pathways

Nancy Keller

Position title: Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Host and pathogen signals governing pathogenesis by fungi

Patricia Kiley

Position title: Professor

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

Bruce Klein

Position title: Professor

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

Laura Knoll

Position title: Professor

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

Jason Kwan

Position title: Associate Professor

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Pharmacy
How and why uncultured bacteria produce bioactive small molecules

Robert Landick

Position title: Professor

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Biochemistry
Transcriptional regulation/RNA polymerase structure and function

Yun Liang

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular basis for sex differences in immune responses; inflammation and autoimmunity

Dan Loeb

Position title: Professor

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Oncology
Hepatitis B viruses

Erica Majumder

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Bacteriology
Anaerobic metabolism, microbe-metal and microbe-plastics interactions, biodegradation

Kinjal Majumder

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Molecular Virology and Oncology
How viruses navigate the nuclear environment to establish viral replication centers.

Mark Mandel

Position title: Associate Professor

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

Elebeoba May

Position title: Associate Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Multi-scale, predictive models of host-pathogen interactions and biological systems

Megan McClean

Position title: Associate Professor

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Biomedical Engineering
Microfluidic and optogenetic tools for studying microbial signal processing

Katherine McMahon

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology/Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental microbiology and molecular microbial ecology

Andrew Mehle

Position title: Associate Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Influenza virus polymerase

Charlie Mo

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Bacteriology
Interface between CRISPR-Cas systems, bacterial variation and selection

Jeniel Nett

Position title: Associate Professor

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

Donna Neumann

Position title: Associate Professor

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Ophthalmalogy and Visual Sciences
Epigenetic and 3-dimensional chromatin control of Herpes virus transcriptional programs

David O'Connor

Position title: Professor

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Genomics, pathogenesis, and immunology of viral diseases

Shelby O'Connor

Position title: Professor

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Host and vaccine-elicited pathogen immunity

Claire O'Leary

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pediatrics
Interactions among epithelial cells, the immune system, and the microbiome

Caitlin Pepperell

Position title: Associate Professor

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Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

Jason Peters

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pharmacy
CRISPR-based exploration of biological networks in antibiotic-resistant and biofuel-relevant bacteria

Brian Pfleger

Position title: Professor

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Chemical Engineering
Synthetic biology, metabolic and protein engineering, natural products

Anne Pringle

Position title: Professor

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Botany and Bacteriology
Evolution and ecology of natural populations of fungi

Vatsan Raman

Position title: Associate Professor

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Biochemistry
Understanding bacteriophage-host interactions, designing bacteriophages to combat bacterial pathogens and for precision microbiome editing

Federico Rey

Position title: Associate Professor

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Bacteriology
Diet-microbe interactions and human health

Matt Reynolds

Position title: Assistant Professor

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

Eric Roden

Position title: Professor

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Geoscience
Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of soils, ecophysiology of anaerobic microorganisms

Wilmara Salgado-Pabón

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus

JD Sauer

Position title: Associate Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Bacterial pathogenesis

David Schwartz

Position title: Professor

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Genetics
Development of new genomic approaches to important biological problems

Nathaniel Sharp

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Genetics
Evolutionary genetics of spontaneous mutation

Nathan Sherer

Position title: Professor

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Oncology/Molecular Virology
Virus-host interactions focusing on HIV/AIDS and viruses that cause cancer

Judy Smith

Position title: Associate Professor

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Pediatrics/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
The intersection of endoplasmic reticulum stress, infectious and inflammatory diseases

Paul Sondel

Position title: Professor

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Pediatrics
Human genetics, immunology

Vanessa Sperandio

Position title: Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Enteric pathogens sensing and responding within the intestine.

Garret Suen

Position title: Associate Professor

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Bacteriology
Symbiotic microbes and microbial communities associated with herbivores

Marulasiddappa Suresh

Position title: Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Regulation of T-cell proliferation, apoptosis and memory

Adel Talaat

Position title: Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
Molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis and paratuberculosis

Michael Thomas

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Biosynthesis of bacterial secondary metabolites

Victor Ujor

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Food Science
Metabolic engineering towards bioconversion of organic residues to fuels and chemicals.

JP van Pijkeren

Position title: Associate Professor

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Food Science
Microbiota-host interactions and development of biotherapeutics

Ophelia Venturelli

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Biochemistry
Microbial communities, microbial metabolism, host-microbe interactions, microbiome engineering

Jade Wang

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Nucleotide signaling, Antibiotic persistence and resistance, Mechanisms of microbial evolution

Rodney Welch

Position title: Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular analysis of bacteria pathogens

Thea Whitman

Position title: Associate Professor

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Soil Science
Microbial ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, and stable isotopes

Jon Woods

Position title: Professor

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Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Pathogenic mechanisms host-parasite interactions

Timothy Yoshino

Position title: Professor Emeritus

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Pathobiological Sciences
Cellular and molecular biology of schistosome blood fluke-snail host interactions

Jae-Hyuk Yu

Position title: Professor

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Bacteriology
Molecular genetics of asexual sporulation and mycotoxin biosynthesis in filamentous fungi

Mostafa Zamanian

Position title: Assistant Professor

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Pathobiological Sciences
The study and treatment of parasite (helminth) infections

Administrative Staff

John Lawler

Position title: Medical Microbiology and Immunology Departmental Administrator

Email: jlawler2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5591

Kari Straus

Position title: Bacteriology Departmental Administrator

Email: kari.straus@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1158

Terra Theim

Position title: MDTP Coordinator

Email: coordinator@microbiology.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-0689