Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Maryann Mary Ann Osley, Ph.D. Chromatin, gene expression, DNA replication, and DNA repair

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

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