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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty and Research

Carl Atkinson, PhD 
Carl Atkinson, PhD
Associate Professor

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

Molecular and cellular mechanisms for the therapeutic efficacy of type I interferon (IFN) in cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Azizul Haque, PhD
Associate Professor

HLA class II, lymphoma, melanoma, glioblastoma, prostate cancer, T cells, autoimmunity.
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Cell death, sphingolipids, oxidative stress, gene delivery.

Wei Jiang, MD 
Wei Jiang, MD
Assistant Professor

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

Laura Kasman, PhD 
Laura Kasman, PhD
Associate Professor

Medical Education Director for Microbiology and Immunology

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

Cancer immunotherapy, innate immunity, tolerance, stem cell biology.
 
Bei Liu, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

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

 
Harold May, PhD
Professor

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, PhD
Assistant Professor

Novel T-cell immunotherapies for patients with advanced cancer.

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Michael Schmidt, PhD
Professor and Vice Chairman
Director, Office of Special Programs

Nosocomial infection control, biosafety.

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Natalie Sutkowski, PhD
Assistant Professor
Garduate Program Coordinator

Human endogenous retroviruses, herpesviruses, superantigens, human monoclonals and cancer.

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Stephen Tomlinson, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research & Faculty Development

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

Chentha Vasu, PhD 
Chenthamarakshan Vasu, PhD
Associate Professor

T cell tolerance, mucosal immunity, targeted therapies for autoimmunity, transplant rejection and tumors.

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Cynthia F. Wright PhD
Associate Professor

Viral gene expression and virus host interactions.

Jennifer Wu, PhD Jennifer D. Wu, PhD
Associate Professor

Immune editing and inflammation in cancer.

Yi Yang, PhD 
Yi (Benny) Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor

Cancer and autoimmune disease.

Dr. Xue-Zhong Yu 

Xue-Zhong Yu, MD
Professor

GVHD, GVL, T-cell biology.

Joint Faculty Members
Naren Banik, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurosciences
Kenneth Chavin, MD, PhD
Professor
Surgery
David Cole, MD, FACS
Professor
Surgery
Sebastiano Gattoni-Celli, MD
Professor
Radiation Oncology
Gary Gilkeson, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine Research
Joseph John, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
VA Medical Center
J. Michael Kilby, MD
Professor of Medicine
Keith Kirkwood, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor and Chair
Craniofacial Biology
Margaret Markiewicz, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Shikhar Mehrotra, PhD
Associate Professor
Surgery
Mark Rubinstein, PhD
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Sally Self, MD
Professor
Pathology and Lab Medicine
Caroline Westwater, PhD
Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Biology
Rita Young, PhD
Professor
Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Yong-Mei Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Emeritus Professors
Armand Glassman, MD
Tom Higerd, PhD
James S. Norris, PhD
Gary Paddock, PhD
Gabriel Virella, MD, PhD

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