Melissa Kendall

Kendall, Melissa M.

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology


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

Contact Information

Pinn Hall 7th floor 7231
Telephone: 434-924-2812
Fax: 434-982-1071

Research Disciplines

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Genomics, Genetics, Infectious Diseases/Biodefense, Metabolism, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology

Research Interests

Bacterial cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, intestinal pathogens

Research Description

Chemical and nutrient signaling are fundamental for all cellular processes, including interactions between the mammalian host and the microbiota, which have a significant impact on health and disease. My lab is interested in understanding how bacterial pathogens exploit chemical and nutrient signaling to precisely regulate virulence gene expression to establish infection and cause disease. Elucidating these processes may enhance our arsenal of tools, such as new therapies or vaccines, to combat infectious diseases.

Selected Publications