Faculty

David W Niesel, PhDDavid W Niesel, PhD

Professor & Chair, Microbiology & Immunology
JP Saunders Professor in Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Vice Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
In vivo virulence gene expression; bacterial pathogenesis; functional genomics, microgravity environments

dniesel@utmb.edu
MRB, Route 1019
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Member, Center for Tropical Medicine and Sealy Center for Structural Biology
Senior Member, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Vice Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Phone: (409) 772-2324
Fax: (409) 772-3757

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education (PREP) Program

Education:

PhD | 1980 | North Carolina State University
BA | 1975 | Quinnipiac College


Overview:
In vivo virulence gene expression; bacterial pathogenesis; functional genomics, microgravity environments.

Research Interests

Dr. Niesel’s laboratory is investigating in vivo models of gene/protein expression by the respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae and facultative intracellular bacteria (Francisella tularensis, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella typhimurium). In addition, his research group is investigating alterations in gene/ protein expression and alterations to the virulence potential of S. pneumoniae in a low shear environments. He has had multiple experiments performed on the space shuttle and on the International Space Station. The Niesel lab is also interested in the initial responses of host cells to bacterial pathogens, which lead to new initiation of cellular signaling and the host immune response.

Recent Publications

Search PubMed Database for Publications

SciVal Publications Overview