David S. Stephens
Genetic basis and regulation of bacterial virulence components; Innate immunity; Vaccines
Emerging infectious diseases, and molecular biology and genetics
Development of influenza virus vaccines; elucidation of molecular determinants of influenza virus transmission
Pathogenesis of gamma-herpesviruses and development of lymphoma and other cancers.
Genetics of antibiotic resistance; antimicrobial peptides; transcriptional regulation of gene expression; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis.
Christopher Scharer, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Regulation of gene expression in Acinetobacter baumannii and Proteus mirabilis.
Bacterial development; microbial genetics; gene expression during bacterial differentiation, RNA polymerase-promoter interactions and regulation of gene transcription.
Replication and pathogenesis of the cytomegaloviruses, including latency, host modulation and host response to infection.
Shonna M. McBride
Research in our laboratory centers on the emerging pathogen, Clostridium difficile. C. difficile causes chronic intestinal disease that is both difficult and costly to treat.
Transmission of influenza virus from host to host and reassortment of influenza virus gene segments
The mucosal surfaces of the respiratory, intestinal, and genital tracts are primary portals of entry for a wide range of pathogens.
In situ analysis of B and T cell memory.
T-cell recognition of peptide:MHC antigens; autoimmunity; role of SHP-1 phosphatase.
Cheryl L. Day
Cellular immunity and mechanisms of immune regulation in human Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and HIV co-infection.
Richard W. Compans
Transmissible antibody resistance and pathogenesis of group A streptococcus; mechanisms of transposition.
Jeremy M. Boss
Genetic and epigenetic regulation of immune system genes
Rama R. Amara
HIV Vaccines, therapy and pathogenesis
John D. Altman
T-Cell immune responses to HIV infection, vaccine development, and development of T-Cell memory
Mehul Suthar, PhD
Research in our lab focuses on how host cells detect, respond, and regulate immunity to viral infection. In particular, we are interested in how pattern recognition receptors, like the RIG-I like receptors, regulate innate immune, humoral, and cell-mediated responses during virus infection.