Kendall, Melissa M.

Melissa M. Kendall

Melissa M. Kendall

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology


  • PhD, Environmental Sciences and Resources: Microbiology, Portland State University

Contact Information

Telephone: 434-924-2812
Fax: 434-982-1071

Research Interests

Mechanisms used by Bacterial Pathogens to Integrate Host- and Bacterial-derived Signals to Sense their Environment, Coordinate Gene Expression, and Cause Disease

Research Description

My research examines signaling pathways that enable bacterial pathogens to sense and adapt to specific niches within a host to cause disease. Our research focuses mainly on the intestinal pathogens, enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. This research will improve our understanding of basic bacterial physiology and may lead to the development of anti-virulence therapies to treat infectious diseases.

Selected Publications