Microbiology

derre students in labThe Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is home to the PhD degree-granting program in Microbiology.  PhD students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation. The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework coupled with flexible departmental requirements enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program.

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Program Faculty

  • Abounader, Roger

    Basic and translational brain tumor research

  • Agaisse, Hervé

    Genetic approaches, cellular and molecular biology of intracellular pathogen infection

  • Bender, Timothy P.

    Regulation of gene expression during lymphocyte development

  • Bouton, Amy H.

    Signaling Pathways and Breast Cancer

  • Brautigan, David L.

    Protein Phosphorylation in Cell Signaling

  • Braciale, Thomas J.

    T Lymphocyte Responses To Virus Infection

  • Brown, Michael G.

    Natural Killer Cells, Viral Immunity, Genetic basis of host resistance to viral infection, Tumor immunity, Immune cell regulation

  • Bullock, Timothy N.

    Pathways to enhance T cell function in tumors.

  • Casanova, James E.

    Role of Arf family GTPases in vesicular transport and cytoskeleton assembly.
    Cell Biology of bacterial pathogenesis.
    The innate immune response to bacterial infection.

  • Cliffe, Anna

    Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of Neurons

  • Criss, Alison K.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis

  • Derré, Isabelle

    Host/pathogen Interaction – Chlamydia Infection

  • Desai, Bimal N.

    Ion channels and Ca2+-signaling in inflammation, immunity and tissue homeostasis

  • Dudley, Andrew

    Tumor microenvironment and mechanisms of tumor neovascularization

  • Engel, Daniel A.

    Drug Discovery and Molecular Biology of Pathogenic RNA viruses: Influenza, Dengue and Ebola.

  • Engelhard, Victor H.

    Identification of MHC-restricted tumor antigens / Control of T cell homing to tumors / Role of lymphatic endothelial cells in regulating immunity and self-tolerance

  • Erickson, Loren D.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of B lymphocyte function; Genetic susceptibility in systemic lupus erythematosus; Immunotherapeutics in the treatment of B cell disorders

  • Ewald, Sarah

    Innate immunity, chronic disease, host-parasite interactions

  • Fox, Jay W.

    Basement Membrane Structure and Metalloproteinases

  • Gioeli, Daniel

    Signal transduction in cancer cells

  • Guler, Jennifer

    Cell Biology and Parasitology.

  • Hahn, Young S.

    Immune regulation for HCV infection and chronic liver inflammation

  • Hammarskjöld, Marie-Louise

    Post Transcriptional Gene Regulation and the Molecular Biology of Human Retroviruses

  • Harris, Tajie H.

    Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS

  • Hughes, Molly A.

    Biodefense and emerging pathogens

  • Kashatus, David F

    The Role of Mitochondrial Fusion and Fission in Tumorigenesis.

  • Kedes, Dean H.

    Human Herpes virus associated with malignancy, including Kaposi’s Sarcoma

  • Kendall, Melissa M.

    Bacterial cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, intestinal pathogens

  • Lorenz, Ulrike M

    Involvement of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 in signal transduction pathways

  • Loughran, Jr., Thomas P

    Hematologic malignancies; bone marrow disorders; leukemia; large granular lymphocyte (LGL)

  • Mann, Barbara J.

    Pathogenicity of Francisella tularensis and vaccines

  • McNamara, Coleen A.

    Atherosclerosis, Obesity, Diabetes

  • Nataro, James P.

    Pathogenesis of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli and Shigella.

  • Park, Kwon-Sik

    Mechanisms of organ development and homeostasis and tumor development

  • Pemberton, Lucy F.

    Nuclear Transport in Chromatin Assembly and Transcriptional Regulation

  • Petri, William A.

    Immune mechanisms of defense against enteric (diarrheal) infections

  • Ramakrishnan, Girija

    Iron-uptake mechanisms and Virulence Factors of Francisella tularensis; Microbial Pathogenesis

  • Ravichandran, Kodi S.

    Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease

  • Rekosh, David M.

    Human Immunodeficiency; Virus Gene Expression

  • Rutkowski, Melanie

    Influence of commensal microbes on immune homeostasis, anti-tumor immunity, and metastasis

  • Smith, M. Mitchell

    Functional Genomics of Histones, Chromatin, and Protein Acetylation Signaling in Cancer and the Cell Cycle

  • Tung, Kenneth S.

    Mechanisms of Tolerance and Autoimmunity to Gonad-Specific Antigens

  • White, Judith M.

    Virus Entry into Cells: Mechanisms and Development of Anti-Viral Therapeutics

  • Woodfolk, Judith A.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of allergic disease in humans.

  • Zeichner, Steven L.

    Pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the development of new therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancers.

  • Zong, Hui

    Early detection, cancer prevention, and tumor microenvironment