Bert L. Semler, PhD
Director

Distinguished Professor of the 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

 

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

 

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

Suellen Hopfer, PhD
Departments of Public Health & Pediatrics
Research Interests:
Vaccine communication, vaccine hesitancy, and non-pharmaceutical interventions; working on HPV vaccination and COVID19 related non-pharmaceutical interventions

Anthony A. James, PhD
Donald Bren Professor, 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
Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Chem Engineering & Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:
Gene therapy, bioorthogonal modifications of enveloped viruses, virus-polymer conjugates for nanobiotechnological applications
Kwon lab homepage
Chancellor's Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Research Interests:
Neuroinflammation, Neuroimmunology, Neurodegeneration, Virology, Pathogenesis
Lane Lab homepage
Matthew Marsden, PhD
Departments of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Research Interests:
HIV latency, persistence, and cure; humanized mice; protein kinase c

Jennifer Martiny, PhD
Chancellor's Fellow, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Research Interests:
Community ecology, microbial diversity, and global change biology
Martiny lab homepage

llhem Messaoudi, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Research Interests:
Viral pathogenesis, host defense, modulation of immunity by nutrition and aging, impact of the microbiome on immunity
Messaoudi lab homepage
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Andrew Noymer, PhD 
Department of Public Health
Research Interests:
Health and Mortality, especially selective mortality and multi-cause interaction; the 1918 Influenza Pandemic; Demography; Methods; Mathematical Sociology
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Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD
Departments of Biological Chemistry and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:
Molecular genetics and biochemistry of retrotransposons and metabolic engineering in yeast
Rozanne Sandri-Goldin, PhD
Chancellor's Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:
ICP27, regulatory protein, HSV-1, mRNA processing, RNA export, RNA splicing and virus-host interactions
Yongsheng Shi, PhD
Chancellor's Fellow, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:
Stem cell, mRNA processing, virus-host interactions
Shi lab homepage
Roberto Tinoco, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:
Arenavirus, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, T cell, immuno-oncology, T cell exhaustion, co-inhibitory receptors, PSGL-1, immune checkpoints, melanoma, immune responses
Tinoco lab homepage

Gregory A. Weiss, PhD
Department of Chemistry
Research Interests:
Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, molecular biology and biochemistry
Weiss lab homepage

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

 

 

Dominik Wodarz, PhD
Department of Public Health
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
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Emeritus Faculty

Hans-Ulrich Bernard, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Hung Y. Fan, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Alexander McPherson, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Luis P. Villarreal, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Virus Systems Under Study

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Influenza virus
Human rhinovirus
Coxsackievirus
Viral disease demography and epidemiology
Encephalomyocarditis virus

Enterovirus 71
Phage of the human microbiome

Poliovirus
Dengue virus
Mouse hepatitis virus (including neurotropic and glia tropic strains)
M13 bacteriophage
Adeno-associated virus
Adenovirus
Vaccinia virus

SARS-CoV-2
SARS-Coronavirus
Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)
Simian-Human Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIV)
Herpes simplex virus
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
Insect vectors of viruses