Enteric pathogenesis, immunology, and vaccine development; epitopes of cholera enterotoxins and related enterotoxins from Escherichia coli, genetically-engineered chimeras, and synthetic peptides; Vibrio cholerae adherence mechanisms and iron-regulated membrane proteins; bacterial zinc-containing metalloproteases; iron and bacterial-host interactions; antimicrobial activity of human and bovine milk; colonial morphology (phase variation) in choleragenic vibrios; choleraphage and choleracins; Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) pseudomallei.
Education & Training
1955, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
- McCombie, R.L., R.A. Finkelstein, and D.E. Woods. 2006. Multilocus sequence typing of historical Burkholderia pseudomallei isolates collected in southeast Asia from 1964 to 1967 provides insight into the epidemiology of melioidosis. J of Clin. Microbiol. 44:2951-2962.
- Benitez, J.A., A. J. Silva, and R.A. Finkelstein.2001. Environmental signals controlling production of hemagglutinin/ protease in Vibrio cholerae. Infect. Immun. 69:6549-6553.
- Finkelstein, R.A. 2000. Personal reflections on cholera: The impact of serendipity. Amer. Soc. for Microbiol. (ASM) News. 66:663-667
- Finkelstein, R.A., P. Atthasampunna, and M. Chulasamaya.2000. Pseudomonas (Burkholderia) pseudomallei in Thailand, 1964-1967: Geographic distribution of the organism, attempts to identify cases of active infection, and presence of antibody in representative sera. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 62:232-239.
- Peterson, J.W, R.A. Finkelstein, J. Cantu, D.L. Gessell, and A.K. Chopra. 1999. Cholera toxin B-subunit activates arachidonic acid metabolism. Infect. Immun. 67:794-799.
- Jouravleva, E.A., G.A. McDonald, J.W. Marsh, R.K. Taylor, M. Boesman-Finkelstein, and R.A. Finkelstein.1998. The Vibrio cholerae mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin is the receptor for a filamentous bacteriophage from V. cholerae O139. Infect Immun . 66:2535-2539.
- Finkelstein, R.A., M. Boesman-Finkelstein, D.K. Sengupta, W.J. Page, C.M. Stanley, and T.E. Phillips. 1997. Colonial opacity variations among the choleragenic vibrios. Microbiol. 143:23-34.
- Boesman-Finkelstein, M., J.W. Peterson, L.S. Thai, and R.A. Finkelstein.1996. A non-toxic cholera enterotoxin (CT) analog is chimeric with regard to both epitypes of CT-B subunits, CT-B-1 and CT-B-2. Infect. Immun. 64:346-348.