Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Faculty Research Interests:


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


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


Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D. – Vaccines for Chronic & 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 interventions for infectious & chronic diseases


Suresh Kumar, Ph.D. - Understanding the role of SNARE protein Stx17 and its partner SNAREs in autophagy


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, gene expression, DNA replication, and DNA repair


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


David Peabody, Ph.D. Translational applications of bacteriophage particles; vaccine development & 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 cells, inflammatory and autoimmune disease, neuroinflammation, allergy, transcriptional control, and cytokine signaling