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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty and Research

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Carl Atkinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Immunology, Innate immunity, complement, transplantation, lung disease, cigarette smoke.

Dr. Eric Bartee

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

Beichu Guo, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

HLA class II, lymphoma, melanoma, glioblastoma, prostate cancer, T cells, autoimmunity.

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Christina (Voelkel-)Johnson, M.S. Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cell death, sphingolipids, oxidative stress, gene delivery.

Dr. Wei Jiang

Wei Jiang, M.D.
Assistant Professor

HIV Pathogenesis, Toll-like Receptor and Innate Immunity, Sex Differences in Human Immune Responses, and Lupus Pathogenesis. 

Dr. Laura Kasman

Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director for Microbiology and Immunology



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Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor & Chairman

Cancer immunotherapy, innate immunity, tolerance, stem cell biology.


Bei Liu, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant 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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Janardan Pandey, Ph.D


Allotypes, Fcgamma receptor genes, ADCC, humoral immunity.


Chrystal Paulos, PhD

Chrystal Paulos, Ph.D.
Assistant 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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Natalie Sutkowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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

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

Complement inhibitors in inflammatory and
malignant disease.

Chentha Vasu, PhD

Chenthamarakshan Vasu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

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Gabriel Virella, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Immunology of atherosclerosis.

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Cynthia F. Wright Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Viral gene expression and virus host interactions.

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Associate Professor

Immune editing and inflammation in cancer.


Dr. Xue-Zhong Yu

Xue-Zhong Yu, M.D.

GVHD, GVL, T-cell Biology

Joint Faculty Members
Narendra Banik, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurosciences

Kenneth Chavin, MD, PhD


David Cole, MD, FACS
Professor and Chairman

Sebastiano Gattoni-Celli, MD
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

Mark Rubinstein, PhD
Assistant Professor
Sally Self, MD
Pathology and Lab Medicine

Caroline Westwater, PhD
Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Biology


Rita Young, PhD
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, Ph.D.
Gary Paddock, PhD
Gabriel Virella, MD, PhD

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