People: Immunology Infectious Disease

Ottar Bjornstad

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

Emphasis Area Representative, Immunology and Infectious Disease; Director of the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease; Distinguished Professor in Molecular Immunology
The research in the Cantorna lab seeks to understand the working of the immune system. Animal models of several human diseases including enteric infections and inflammatory bowel disease are utilized to determine the cellular targets and molecular signals by which dietary components regulate immunity. Areas of expertise: Host resistance to infection; immune-mediated diseases; multiple sclerosis; inflammatory bowel disease; T cells; gastrointestinal microbiota; gnotobiotics; vitamins A & D regulation of immune function; edible mushrooms; and selenium.

Edward Dudley

Associate Professor of Food Science; Director of E. coli Reference Center
Mechanisms driving toxin production in Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli; use of genome sequencing to track pathogen transmission during foodborne outbreaks

Pamela Giblin

Professor of Immunology
The role of receptor tyrosine kinases in normal physiology and disease progression; the downstream signals that mediate these responses in vivo and in vitro.

Peter Hudson

Former Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Willaman Professor of Biology
Population dynamics of infectious diseases in wildlife and the dynamics of parasite community structure.

Vivek Kapur

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health; Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
The basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts.

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

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science
Establishing the Virulence Factors

Jasna Kovac

Lester Earl and Veronica Casida Career Development Professor of Food Safety; Assistant Professor of Food Science
Integrating epidemiological, microbiological, molecular and omics methods to better understand microbial pathogenic potential, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.

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

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

Elizabeth McGraw

Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics; Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology
The genetics of vector, pathogen and symbiont interactions.

Scott Medina

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The Medina Group focuses on the design of bio-inspired functional materials that serve as new tools in precision medicine. Central to our work is understanding how peptides and proteins assemble at natural and non-natural interfaces to form organized structures with unique biochemical functions. Mechanistic insights gained from these studies guide the design of nano- and micro-scale biomaterials around which we develop new biosensing and therapeutic strategies to treat infectious disease, inflammation and cancer.

Timothy Meredith

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Understanding how bacterial cell surface complex lipids are synthesized, to characterize structural modifications in response to varying growth environments, and to uncover how these changes are regulated.

Troy Ott

Associate Director for Graduate Education, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Reproductive Physiology
Fertility and reproductive immunology in domestic farm animals.

Joy Pate

Director of the Center for Reproductive Biology and Health; Professor of Reproductive Physiology; C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
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; Emphasis Area Representative, Genetics
The Paulson lab studies the mechanisms that regulate tissue regeneration with a focus on understanding the response to anemic and hypoxic stress

Kumble 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

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, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology; Eberly Professor of Biotechnology
The ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease.

Joseph Reese

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gene regulation in cell cycle and DNA damage control; regulation of DNA damage-induced transcription.

Connie Rogers

Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Associate Professor; Broadhurst Career Development Professor 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.

Catharine Ross

Professor in Nutritional Science; Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair
Vitamin A metabolism; hepatic retinoid function and gene expression; vitamin A in infection and immunity.

Anthony Schmitt

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 Science
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. On one hand, I am interested in studying miniaturized devices and systems that can be integrated with biological system in vitro and in vivo. On the other hand, I am eager to apply these technologies for fundamental biological research, clinic diagnosis and treatment. The research is highly multidisciplinary, interfacing at engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, and medicine.