The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

MCIBS - Immunology and Infectious Disease Faculty

Faculty associated with the immunology and infectious disease emphasis area of the MCIBS Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests



Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.

Ottar Bjørnstad
Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology
Adjunct Professor in Statistics

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

Margherita Cantorna
Distinguished Professor in Molecular Immunology
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Vitamin A and vitamin D regulation of the microbiota and host immunity. Utilizing animal models of multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal infection.

Isabella Cattadori
Associate Professor of Biology

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

Liwang Cui
Professor of Entomology

Molecular parasitology; host-parasite interactions; malaria parasite development and epigenetics; malaria epidemiology and population biology

Edward Dudley
Associate Professor of Food Science

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

Pamela Giblin
Professor of Immunology

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

Adam Glick
Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
Chair, Molecular Medicine Program
Associate Chair, Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences

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

Jun Huang
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

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

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

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

Research in my Laboratory seeks to define the basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts. The research effort is organized along two thematic lines:

Mary Kennett
Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
Director, Animal Resource Program

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

Establishing the Virulence Factors

Matam Vijay Kumar
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Science

Innate Immunity-Gut Microbiotal Interactions in Metabolic Diseases such as diabetes and obesity; Host Metabolic Adaptations to Inflammation; Lipocalin 2 - mediated Iron Homeostasis in Inflammation.

Scott Lindner
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Our laboratory couples molecular parasitology and structural biology to study the malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp.).

Manuel Llinas
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation and metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum using functional genomics and metabolomics.

Andrea Mastro
Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology

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

Troy Ott
Professor of Reproductive Physiology
Associate Director for Graduate Education

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

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 and Biomedical Sciences

The Paulson lab studies the mechanisms that regulate tissue regeneration with a focus on understanding the response to anemic and hypoxic stress. In addition we are interested in how infection and inflammation affect erythroid development.

Mary Poss
Professor in Biology and in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

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

Sandeep Prabhu
Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Molecular mechanisms by which bioactives such as selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and other products of natural origin alter the host response and immune function in inflammation and cancer

Jason Rasgon
Associate Professor of Entomology

Integrating population biology, ecology, molecular tools and theory to address fundamental and applied questions related to vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit

Andrew Read
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
Eberly Professor of Biotechnology

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

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

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

A. Catharine Ross
Professor in Nutritional Science and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair

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

Anthony Schmitt
Associate Professor of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases

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

Neurovirology, genomics of pathogen variation, neuron-virus relationships

Na Xiong
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

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
Associate Professor of Bioengineering

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