Kendall, Melissa M.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
- PhD, Environmental Sciences and Resources: Microbiology, Portland State University
Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Genomics, Genetics, Infectious Diseases/Biodefense, Metabolism, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology
Bacterial cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, intestinal pathogens
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.