Jeffrey J. Adamovicz, PhD

Jeffrey J. Adamovicz, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Associate Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology
Director, Laboratory of Infectious Disease Research

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Lee-Ann H. Allen, PhD

Lee-Ann H. Allen, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Studies Helicobacter pylori and Francisella tularensis with a focus on pathogen manipulation of macrophage and neutrophil function and dysregulation of the inflammatory response. Our approach is multi-faceted and addresses fundamental questions in cellular microbiology which lie at the interface of bacterial pathogenesis, phagocyte cell biology and innate immunity.

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James Amos-Landgraf, PhD

James Amos-Landgraf, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Investigation of the molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of colon cancer initiation and progression in mammalian model systems.

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Deborah Anderson, PhD

Deborah Anderson, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Study of host-pathogen interactions during plague, a disease caused by the bio-threat agent, Yersinia pestis.

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Michael Baldwin, PhD

Michael Baldwin, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Understanding the molecular basis of bacterial pathogenesis with an emphasis on characterizing the role of bacterial toxins in the disease process.

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Brenda Beerntsen, PhD

Brenda Beerntsen, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: The focus of Dr Beerntsen's research is on mosquito-parasite interactions.

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Charles Brown, PhD

Charles Brown, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Host response to infectious disease.

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Pamela Brown, PhD

Pamela Brown, PhD

Biological Sciences

Research: Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

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Donald Burke, PhD

Donald Burke, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Understand the mechanism and evolution of catalysis by ribozymes and the molecular basis of retroviral inhibition by RNA-based drugs.

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Michael Calcutt, PhD

Michael Calcutt, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Molecular biology of mycoplasmas.

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John Cannon, PhD

John Cannon, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Genetics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Role of protein phosphatase in cell cycle regulation.

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Dawn Cornelison, PhD

Dawn Cornelison, PhD

Biological Sciences

Research: Signaling and activity of skeletal muscle satellite cells.

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Mark A. Daniels, PhD

Mark A. Daniels, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Surgery

Research: T cell development and activation.

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Dongsheng Duan, PhD

Dongsheng Duan, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Virology, Gene Therapy, Neuromuscular Biology

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Aaron Ericsson, DVM, PhD

Aaron Ericsson, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Modulation of host health by the intestinal microbiota, mucosal immunology and metagenomics.

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Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD

Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Investigate the pathogenesis of chronic intestinal mucosal inflammation and inflammation-associated cancer that occurs in some, but not all, strains of mice colonized by Helicobacter hepaticus, so that new therapeutic and preventative strategies can be developed for similar conditions in humans and domestic animals (e.g. inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease in people).

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Alexander W.E. Franz, PhD

Alexander W.E. Franz, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Focuses on interactions of arboviruses (i.e. dengue virus, Sindbis virus, chikungunya virus) with the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. One research effort focuses on the mosquito’s innate RNA interference (RNAi) pathway. We investigate how RNAi modulates arbovirus infections and how the RNAi pathway can be manipulated to block arbovirus replication in relevant mosquito tissues.

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Diana Gil Pagés, PhD

Diana Gil Pagés, PhD

Surgery and Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Structure/function of antigen receptors of the adaptive immune system Development of novel immunotherapies based on manipulation of antigen receptors.

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Bumsuk Hahm, PhD

Bumsuk Hahm, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Surgery

Research: Interplay between viruses and host immunity.

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Marc Johnson, PhD

Marc Johnson, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Utilizes the model retrovirus HIV-1 to study the basic viral components targeted to viral assembly site,  for the use of novel therapeutics against viruses.

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Margaret J. Lange, PhD

Margaret J. Lange, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Utilizes nucleic acid technologies, including aptamers and the CRISPR/Cas9 system, to explore virus and host biology, identify novel host targets, modulate innate immune and cell death signaling pathways, and the probe the host response to viral infection

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Guangfu Li, PhD

Guangfu Li, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of tumor-induced immunotolerance, Immune-based therapeutic strategies against cancer

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Christian Lorson, PhD

Christian Lorson, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Molecular basis of spinal muscular atrophy; RNA processing; gene therapy.

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Wenjun Ma, PhD

Wenjun Ma, PhD

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Dr. Ma's current research focuses on understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis and transmissibility, virus-host interaction and developing vaccines and antivirals for different zoonotic viral pathogens, such as Influenza virus, Rift Valley fever virus and other viral infections.

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Susan C. McKarns, PhD

Susan C. McKarns, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Surgery

Research: T Cell Tolerance, Autoimmunity, Epigenetics, and Regulation of T Cell Differentiation.

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Michael Petris, PhD

Michael Petris, PhD

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry

Research: Dr. Petris Investigates how minerals are accumulated within the body at the right locations and in the right concentrations. Certain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and microbial infection disrupt the cellular balance of minerals that may exacerbate the pathology or improve outcome.

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David Pintel, PhD

David Pintel, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Research: Analysis of eukaryotic gene expression using parvovirus model systems.

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Adam G. Schrum, PhD

Adam G. Schrum, PhD

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Surgery, Bioengineering

Focusing on physiologic signaling networks and how they function in molecular and cellular immunity. A main goal is to increase understanding of how T cells of the immune system decide whether to destroy or tolerate healthy, infected or cancerous tissue, with an eye toward applying lessons learned to design immunotherapies.

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Haval Shirwan, PhD

Haval Shirwan, PhD

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Child Health

Research: The Shirwan lab develops safe and practical immunomodulatory approaches with applications to transplantation, autoimmunity, cancer, and infections.

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Jerod Skyberg, PhD

Jerod Skyberg, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Immunity of the zoonotic, intracellular, bacterial pathogens Brucella and Francisella. Current projects are the immunity and immunopathology of Brucellosis and the immunity and immunotherapy of Tularemia.

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George Stewart, PhD

George Stewart, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Regulation of virulence gene expression; global regulation of enterotoxin gene expression in Staphylococcus aureus; expression of sporulation-specific proteins in Bacillus; characterization of the leukotoxin of Fusobacterium necrophorum.

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Roger William Stich, PhD

Roger William Stich, PhD

Veterinary Pathobiology

Research: Biology of ixodid ticks and tick-borne pathogens. This program is centered on understanding the mechanisms responsible for transmission and pathogenesis of tick-borne members of the bacterial order Rickettsiales, especially the family Anaplasmataceae.

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Emma Teixeiro-Pernas, PhD

Emma Teixeiro-Pernas, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Surgery

Research: Regulation of T cell immune responses against infections and tumors.

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Xiu-Feng (Henry) Wan, PhD

Xiu-Feng (Henry) Wan, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry

Research: Understanding how zoonotic pathogens (especially influenza A viruses) emerge and re-emerge at the animal-human interface and to improve the effectiveness of the influenza vaccines in disease prevention and control by developing and applying systems biology based translational approaches.

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Esma Yolcu, PhD

Esma Yolcu, PhD

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Child Health

Research: Dr. Yolcu has significant interest in using hematopoietic stem cells as a powerful scheme for immunomodulation with main focus on the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, as well as bone marrow failure syndrome and hematological malignancies.

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Habib Zaghouani, PhD

Habib Zaghouani, PhD

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Neurology, Child Health

Research: T cells in Immunity and Autoimmunity.

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