Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


Research Interests of the Faculty in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology:

Ellen Beswick, Ph.D. –  Colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, chronic inflammation, Treg, Th17, GI tract, Helicobacter pylori, IBD

Kiran Bhaskar, Ph.D. – Neuroinflammation and Alzheimer's disease

Judy Cannon, Ph.D. T cell migration and signaling, immunological synapse, chemokines, selectins, intravital microscopy

Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D. – Vaccines for Chronic and Infectious Diseases based on Virus-like Particles

Vojo Deretic, Ph.D. (Chair) Phagosome, endosome, trans-Golgi network, membrane trafficking, macrophage, respiratory epithelial cells, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, autophagy

Kathryn Frietze, Ph.D. – Translating our understanding of antibody responses into targeted therapeutic or prophylatic interventions for infectious and chronic diseases

Michael Mandell, Ph.D. Autophagy, TRIM Proteins and their role in HIV infection

Paulus Mrass, M.D. – T cell migration in mucosal tissues

Mary Ann Osley, Ph.D. Chromatin remodeling; histone ubiquitination; transcription; DNA repair

Michelle A. Ozbun, Ph.D. Human papillomaviruses, animal papillomaviruses, cervical cancer,  skin cancer, epithelial biology, cancer biology, virology

David Peabody, Ph.D. Translational applications of bacteriophage particles; vaccine development and drug delivery

Robert L. Rubin, Ph.D. T cell tolerance and autoimmunity, T cell development in the thymus, chromatin antigenicity, systemic and drug-induced lupus

Xuexian Yang, Ph.D. T helper cell, TH17, inflammatory and autoimmune disease, neuroinflammation, allergy, transcriptional control, cytokine signaling