Pathogenesis and Host Responses to Infectious Agents

Microbial pathogens, host responses to infection, and pathogen manipulation of host cell biology are the focus of investigation for UVA faculty from a range of disciplines. Many are members of the Carter Immunology Center  and the Myles H. Thaler Center for AIDS and Human Retrovirus Research.

The following interdisciplinary faculty conduct research and instruct fellows in this area:

Herve Agaisse

Agaisse, Hervé

Genetic approaches, cellular and molecular biology of intracellular pathogen infection

Thomas Braciale

Braciale, Thomas J.

T Lymphocyte Responses To Virus Infection

Stacey Burgess

Burgess, Stacey L.

Understanding how exposures in the intestine can influence the broader immune system.

James Casanova

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.

Alison Criss

Criss, Alison K.

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis

Isabelle Derre

Derré, Isabelle

Host/pathogen Interaction - Chlamydia Infection

Young Hahn

Hahn, Young S.

Immune regulation for HCV infection and chronic liver inflammation

Molly Hughes

Hughes, Molly A.

Biodefense and emerging pathogens

Melissa Kendall

Kendall, Melissa M.

Bacterial cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, intestinal pathogens

Barbara Mann

Mann, Barbara J.

Pathogenicity of Francisella tularensis and vaccines

Chelsea Marie

Marie, Chelsea

Human intestinal parasitology

Shannon Moonah

Moonah, Shannon N.

Host-pathogen interactions; molecular parasitology; mucosal inflammation; immunopathology and repair. Our research interests evolved from studying a parasite that causes inflammation of the gut, similar to IBD.

William Petri

Petri, William A.

Immune mechanisms of defense against COVID-19 and enteric (diarrheal) infections

Girija Ramakrishnan

Ramakrishnan, Girija

Microbial Pathogenesis

Jae Hyun Shin

Shin, Jae Hyun

Clostridium difficile infection, infection in aged host, microbiome-immune response interactions, innate immune response

Costi Sifri

Sifri, Costi D.

Hospital epidemiology, immunocompromised infectious diseases, molecular pathogenesis and epidemiology, innate immunity

Cirle Warren

Warren, Cirle A.

Prevention and treatment of C. difficile infection. Role of microbiota in health and disease. Infections in special populations- elderly, pregnant women and racial/ethnic minority groups.