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Faculty

  • Ottar Bjørnstad

    • Professor of Entomology and Biology
    • Adjunct Professor in Statistics

    Phone number 814-863-2983 Email address onb1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Outbreak and persistence of infectious disease (ecological statistics, population dynamics, species interactions, spatial dynamics, ecology of infectious disease).

  • Robert Bonneau

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-4078 Email address rhb3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying stress-induced, neuroendocrine-mediated modulation of the immune response to herpes simplex virus infections.

  • Margherita Cantorna

    • Professor in Molecular Immunology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 814-863-2819 Email address mxc69@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Vitamin D regulation of autoimmunity, especially inflammatory bowel diseases. Molecular and cellular regulation of host immunity, and regulation by nutrients.

  • Isabella Cattadori

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-9594 Email address imc3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    immuno-epidemiology of co-infection, how host immunity modulates parasite interactions and transmission and how host molecular processes explain the dynamics of infection at the population level

  • Neil Christensen

    • Associate Professor of Pathology, and Microbiology and Immunology
    • Point of Contact, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 717-531-6185 Email address ndc1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular analysis of papillomavirus immunity.

  • Timothy Craig

    • Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

    Phone number 717-531-5785 Email address tcraig@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Rhinitis and its effects on sleep and daytime somnolence; allergic rhinitis and asthma.

  • Liwang Cui

    • Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-863-7663 Email address luc2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Insect biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular parasitology; medical entomology; host-parasite/pathogen interactions.

  • Edward Dudley

    • Associate Professor of Food Science

    Phone number 814-867-0439 Email address egd100@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanisms of environmental survival and virulence of pathogens associated with foodborne disease.

  • Adam Glick

    • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    • Co-Chair, Molecular Medicine Program

    Phone number 814-865-7170 Email address abg11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate progression of squamous tumors from a benign to malignant phenotype.

  • Channe Gowda

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-0992 Email address gowda@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Understanding the structures and interactions between malaria parasites and human glycoconjugates that lead to malaria pathogenesis.

  • Pamela Hankey

    • Professor of Immunology

    Phone number 814-863-0128 Email address phc7@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Murine Stk receptor tyrosine kinase and its function in macrophage regulation and inflammation and in leukemic development.

  • Eric Harvill

    • Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Phone number 814-863-8522 Email address harvill@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Interactions between bacterial pathogens and host immunology.

  • Jun Huang

    • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

    Phone number 814-863-4209 Email address juh17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Explores nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interface of physics, materials, engineering and biology.

  • Peter Hudson

    • Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
    • Willaman Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6057 Email address pjh18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Wildlife disease ecology: the transmission and dynamics of parasites in wild animals, with particular emphasis on zoonotic infections and parasite community structure.

  • Vandana Kalia

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-863-8533 Email address vkalia@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Transcriptional mechanisms that regulate memory CD8 T cell differentiation.

  • Vivek Kapur

    • Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
    • Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-9788 Email address vkapur@psu.edu

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  • Mary Kennett

    • Professor and Department Head, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
    • Director, Animal Resource Program

    Phone number 814-865-1495 Email address mjk26@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The pathogenesis of infectious disease: examining bacterial virulence and associated pathology in relation to host immune responses.

  • Girish Kirimanjeswara

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-863-5250 Email address gsk125@psu.edu

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  • Matam Vijay Kumar

    • Assistant Professor, Nutritional Science

    Research interests:
  • Scott Lindner

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Email address Scott.Lindner@psu.edu

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  • Manuel Llinas

    • Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-867-3444 Email address mul27@psu.edu

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  • Andrea Mastro

    • Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0152 Email address a36@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Breast cancer and the immune system; the effects of exercise on the immune system.

  • Chris Norbury

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-7204 Email address ccn1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The role of macrophages and dendritic cells in antigen presentation, antiviral immunity and in chronic inflammation during diabetes.

  • Troy Ott

    • Professor of Reproductive Physiology

    Phone number 814-441-2657 Email address tlo12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Fertility and reproductive immunology in domestic farm animals. Improving diagnosis of infertility and viral infections.

  • Joy Pate

    • Professor of Reproductive Physiology
    • C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
    • Director, Center for Reproductive Biology and Health

    Phone number 814-863-0558 Email address jlp36@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Specializing in the area of corpus luteum function. Primary research interests focus on the regulation of luteolysis, prostaglandin production by the corpus luteum, and the interactions between the immune system & the reproductive system.

  • Robert Paulson

    • Professor of Veterinary Science
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Genetics

    Phone number 814-863-6306 Email address rfp5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Roles of host genes in restricting infection by Friend erythroleukemia virus.

  • Mary Poss

    • Professor in Biology and in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-867-1213 Email address mposs@bx.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of virus and host adaptation at scales that span protein and structure to population dynamics.

  • Sandeep Prabhu

    • Associate Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-8976 Email address ksp4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of immune function by oxidative stress and antioxidants, including selenium. Regulation of HIV transcription by selenium.

  • Andrew Read

    • Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
    • Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences, and Professor of Entomology
    • Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar

    Phone number 814-867-2396 Email address afr3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, particularly virulence, infectiousness, vaccine-driven evolution, and drug and insecticide resistance.

  • Joseph Reese

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1976 Email address jcr8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    UV resistance pathways in eukaryotes. Regulation of DNA damage inducible genes by chromatin. Role of a highly conserved RNA helicase in DNA damage resistance and viral pathogenesis.

  • Connie Jo Rogers

    • Assistant Professor and Occupant of the Broadhurst Career Development Professorship for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    Phone number 814-867-3716 Email address cjr102@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

  • Catharine Ross

    • Professor in Nutritional Science and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair

    Phone number 814-865-4721 Email address acr6@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Vitamin A metabolism; hepatic retinoid function and gene expression; vitamin A in infection and immunity.

  • Jeffery Sample

    Email address jts21@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanisms of Epstein-Barr virus persistence and tumorigenesis.

  • Surojit Sarkar

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-867-4034 Email address sxs1081@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of Immunological Memory to Pathogens and Vaccines

  • Todd Schell

    • Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-8169 Email address tschell@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cellular immune responses in the control of cancer. Investigation of CD8+ T lymphocyte response in unique tumor environments to define immunotherapeutic approaches to cancer.

  • Robert Schlegel

    • Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6974 Email address ur3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms responsible for recognition by macrophages of phosphatidylserine on apoptotic cell surfaces.

  • Anthony Schmitt

    • Associate Professor of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 814-863-6781 Email address aps13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The process of paramyxovirus particle formation by budding: identifying and characterizing viral proteins used in budding, and learning how these manipulate host budding machinery to allow virus release.

  • Moriah L Szpara

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-867-0008 Email address moriah@psu.edu

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  • Emmy Truckenmiller

    • Assistant Professor of Microbiology

    Phone number 717-531-8147 Email address met11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Neuro-endocrine modulation of dendritic cell function (maturation, antigen presentation, cytokine production, migration) in the initial steps of T cell-mediated anti-viral/tumor immunity.

  • Hanspeter Waldner

    Email address hpwaldner@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Determine the mechanisms that maintain tolerance or induce T cell responses to self antigens, resulting in resistance or susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Type 1 diabetes.

  • Na Xiong

    • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-2933 Email address nux1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Development and function of gamma/delta T cells, a class of immune cells with various roles in microbial immunity, inflammation regulation and tumor surveillance.

  • Siyang Zheng

    • Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

    Phone number 814-865-8090 Email address sxz10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    My laboratory aims at developing and applying micro/nano technologies for biological and medical applications.

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