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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty and Research

Carl Atkinson, PhD 
Carl Atkinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Immunology, innate immunity, complement, transplantation, lung disease, cigarette smoke.
Eric Bartee, PhD 
Eric Bartee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Bartee is studying Myxoma virus as a potential virotherapeutic against multiple myeloma and further exploration of novel cellular response to combination cytokine treatment using the Myxoma virus.

Beichu Guo, PhD 
Beichu Guo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Innate immunity and inflammation in autoimmune diseases and cancer.

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Associate Professor

Antigen presentation, tumor immunobiology, inflammation, CNS disorders, autoimmunity.
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Cell death, sphingolipids, oxidative stress, gene delivery.

Wei Jiang, MD 
Wei Jiang, M.D.
Assistant Professor

HIV pathogenesis, toll-like receptor and innate immunity, sex differences in human immune responses, and lupus pathogenesis.

Laura Kasman, PhD 
Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Medical Education Director for Microbiology and Immunology

Carsten Krieg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Immunotherapy, innate immunity, metabolism, mass cytometry (CyTOF), and systems biology of cancer

Zihai Li, MD, PhD 
Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chairman

Cancer immunotherapy, innate immunity, tolerance, stem cell biology.
Bei Liu, MD 
Bei Liu, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor

Cancer immunotherapy, stem cell-based cancer vaccine and innate immunity.

Harold May, Ph.D.

Environmental microbiology, microbial physiology, microbial electrochemistry, bioenergy and bioremediation.
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Allotypes, Fcgamma receptor genes, ADCC, humoral immunity.

Chrystal Paulos, PhD
Chrystal Paulos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Novel T-cell immunotherapies for patients with advanced cancer.

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Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chairman
Director, Office of Special Programs

Nosocomial infection control, biosafety.

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Stephen Tomlinson, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research & Faculty Development

The complement system in inflammation, alloimmunity, cancer immunity and CNS injury.

Paula Traktman, PhD 
Paula Traktman, Ph.D.
Hirschmann Endowed Professor
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Vaccinia virus genome replication and virion morphogenesis.  The role(s) of the cellular VRK1 protein kinase and BANF1 protein in normal cell function and cancer.

Chentha Vasu, PhD 
Chenthamarakshan Vasu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Mucosal immunology, gut microbiota-host interactions, immune tolerance mechanisms, and targeted therapies for autoimmunity and inflammation..

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Viral gene expression and virus host interactions.

Yi Yang, PhD 
Yi (Benny) Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Cancer and autoimmune disease.

Dr. Xue-Zhong Yu 

Xue-Zhong Yu, M.D.

GVHD, GVL, T-cell biology.

Joint Faculty Members
Naren Banik, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurosciences
David Cole, M.D., FACS
Gary Gilkeson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine Research
Joseph John, M.D.
Division of Infectious Diseases
VA Medical Center
Margaret Markiewicz, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Shikhar Mehrotra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Eric Meissner, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Satish Nadig, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Mark Rubinstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sally Self, M.D.
Pathology and Lab Medicine
Caroline Westwater, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Biology
John Wrangle, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Rita Young, Ph.D.
Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Emeritus Professors
Armand Glassman, M.D.
Tom Higerd, Ph.D.
James S. Norris, Ph.D.
Gary Paddock, Ph.D.
Gabriel Virella, M.D., Ph.D.

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