Bert L. Semler, PhD
Director

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Research Interests:  RNA virus gene expression; RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions; mechanisms of replication of picornavirus genomic RNAs; mechanisms of translation initiation for viral and cellular mRNAs     Semler lab homepage

 

 

Michael J. Buchmeier, PhD
Associate Director
Dept of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Dept of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Research Interests:  Arenaviruses, coronaviruses, biology of RNA viruses, viral pathogenesis, structural biology of viruses, biology of zoonotic and emerging viruses and biodefense     Buchmeier lab homepage

 

 

David Camerini, PhD
Cancer Research Institute
Research Interests:  Molecular biology and pathogenesis of HIV-1
Donald N. Forthal, MD
Chief Division of Infectious Disease, School of Medicine
Research Interests:  Infectious diseases, viral immunology, HIV, antibodies, Fc receptors, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity
Paul D. Gershon, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Nucleic acid-protein interactions and molecular dynamics, catalytic mechanisms, proteomics and virion structure
Anthony A. James, PhD
Departments of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Molecular biology of insect vectors of disease, genetics of vector competence, malaria, dengue fever
C. Sunny Jiang, PhD
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:  Environmental biotechnology, water quality and pollution microbiology and microbial ecology    Jiang lab homepage
Young Jik Kwon, PhD
Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Dept of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:   Gene therapy, bioorthogonal modifications of enveloped viruses, virus-polymer conjugates for nanobiotechnological applications    Kwon lab homepage
Hung D. Nguyen, PhD
Dept of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Physical virology, virus structure and assembly, computer simulations of biological and soft condensed matter systems     Nguyen lab homepage
Irene Munk Pedersen, PhD 
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Regulation of microRNAs (miRs) and their role in human disease (cancer), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) development and viral defense
Suzanne B. Sandmeyer, PhD
Department of Biological Chemistry and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Molecular genetics and biochemistry of retrotransposons and metabolic engineering in budding yeast     Sandmeyer lab homepage
Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  ICP27, regulatory protein, HSV-1, mRNA processing, RNA export, RNA splicing and virus-host interactions
Katrine L. Whiteson, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:    Host-associated microbial communities, metabolomics, metagenomics, microbial ecology, phage, fermentation, polymicrobial infection, microbial interactions and the human microbiome     Whiteson lab homepage
Gregory A. Weiss, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, molecular biology and biochemistry     Weiss lab homepage
Dominik Wodarz, PhD
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Research Interests: Mathematical & computational models of biological processes focusing on: dynamics of virus infections & the immune system & of cancer & its treatment; general evolutionary dynamics and population dynamics; epidemiology of violence    Wodarz lab homepage    Twitter

Emeritus Faculty

Hans-Ulrich Bernard, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Papillomaviruses and cervical cancer

Hung Y. Fan, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Molecular biology of retroviruses, immunology, cancer biology and gene therapy

Alexander McPherson, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Macromolecular crystal growth; X-ray diffraction analysis of protein, nucleic acid and virus crystals; atomic force ficroscopy studies of biological structures, immunoglobulin structure, virus structure and assembly

Luis P. Villarreal, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Virus evolution, viral gene therapy vectors, BSL3 cell culture, cancer virology, proteomics, biodefense

Virus Systems Under Study

Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus
Murine leukemia virus
SARS-Coronavirus
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Poliovirus
Human rhinovirus
Coxsackievirus
West Nile virus
Simian immunodeficiency virus
Hepatitis C virus
Dengue virus
Turnip yellow mosaic virus
Human papillomavirus
Ty3 retrotransposon in yeast
Herpes simplex virus
Satellite tobacco mosaic virus
Mouse hepatitis virus
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
Parvovirus
Polyomavirus
Phage of the human microbiome
Mimivirus
M13 bacteriophage
Adenovirus
Vaccinia virus

Participating Departments:

Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Department of Biological Chemistry
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Medicine
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Connected Programs:

Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics
Cancer Research Institute
Chao Family Comprehesive Cancer Center