Faculty Research

All primary and secondary faculty members in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are listed with their main focus of research. Click on the name of the professor to learn more about their research. Most of our faculty are accepting students.


Name, Primary Department,
and Research Areas

Research Areas

Lee-Ann Allen

Lee-Ann Allen, Ph.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases/Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Immunology)

Pertubation of phagocyte function by bacterial pathogens

Vladimir Badovinac

Vladimir Badovinac, Ph.D.

Pathology  (Immunology)

Badovinac Lab website

Memory T cell responses

Jason Barker

Jason Barker, M.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Physiology)

1) The structural heterogeneity of the lipopolysaccharide of Francisella tularensis and 2) The caspases that detect lipopolysaccharide in the mammalian cytoplasm.
Gail Bishop

Gail Bishop, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Virology)

Bishop Lab website

Molecular mechanisms of lymphocyte activation in normal immunity, inflammation, and malignancy

Noah Butler

Noah Butler, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Parasitology)

Cellular and humoral immunity against parasitic infections

Craig Ellermeier

Craig Ellermeier Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology)

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Signal Transduction

Hillel Haim

Hillel Haim, M.D., Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Virology)

Molecular Evolution and Pathogenesis of HIV-1

John Harty

John Harty, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Parasitology)

Harty Lab website

T cell responses to infection

Jon Houtman

Jon Houtman, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology)

Signal Transduction in Human T Cells

Bradley Jones

Brad Jones, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis)

Genetics of pathogenic bacteria and their interactions with mammalian cells that are important for disease

Al Klingelhutz

Al Klingelhutz, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Virology)

Development of Cell Model Systems to Study Human Disease (e.g. Cancer, Aging, Diabetes, and Infection)

Damian Krysan, MD, PhD

Damian Krysan, MD, PhD

Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases

Antifungal drug discovery and genetics of fungal pathogenesis

Kevin Legge

Kevin Legge, Ph.D.

Pathology (Immunology, Virology)

Legge Lab website

Pulmonary immunology

Wendy Maury

Wendy Maury, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Virology)

Enveloped virus/host cell interactions

Linda McCarter

Linda McCarter, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology)

Signal transduction and regulation of gene expression: surface sensing, adaptation and colonization

Paul McCray

Paul McCray, Jr., M.D.

Pediatrics - Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology)

McCray Lab website

Pulmonary innate immunity, bacterial and viral infections, and gene therapy with integrating vectors

Steven McElroy

Steven McElroy, M.D.

Pediatrics - Neonatology

(Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology, Immunology)

McElroy Lab website

Understanding the effect of inflammation on the development of the intenstinal tract and its associated host-microbial axis

William Nauseef

William Nauseef, M.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Immunology)

Molecular and cell biology of human neutrophils

Stanley Perlman

Stanley Perlman, M.D., Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Virology)

Perlman Lab website

Study of virus-induced demyelination and human pathogenic respiratory coronavirus infections (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Liliana Radoshevich

Lilliana Radoshevich, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Eukaroytic Cell Biology)

Ubiquitin-like proteins in host defense and cellular stress response pathways following bacterial infection

Richard Roller

Richard Roller, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Virology)

Molecular biology of herpes simplex infections

Wilmara Salgado-Pabon

Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology, Immunology)

Salgado-Pabón Lab website

Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis, sepsis and lethal pneumonia

Patrick Schlievert, PhD

Patrick Schlievert, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology, Immunology, Virology)

Molecular pathogenesis, drug discovery, and immunology; Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococci and Enterococci

Jack Stapleton

Jack Stapleton, M.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases (Virology)

Viral pathogenesis

Steve Varga

Steven Varga, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Virology)

Varga Lab website

Viral immunology and immunopathology

Mary Weber

Mary Weber, Ph.D

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics)

Weber Lab website

Host-pathogen interactions by obligate intracellular pathogens

David Weiss

David Weiss, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Microbial Genetics and Physiology)

Weiss Lab website

Bacterial cell division and pathogenesis

Jerrod Weiss

Jerrold Weiss, Ph.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Immunology)

Biology and biochemistry of endotoxin-recognition proteins

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson, M.D.

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases/Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology, Parasitology)

Immunobiology of infection with the protozoan parasite Leishmania chagasi

Xue, Hai-Hui

Hai-Hui (Howard) Xue, M.D., Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Immunology)

Transcriptional control of T lymphocyte development and function

Tim Yahr

Timothy Yahr, Ph.D.

Microbiology and Immunology (Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Genetics and Physiology)

Yahr Lab website

The Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III secretion system