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Judith Aronson, MD
Professor, Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pathology
Director, UTMB Autopsy Service
Inaugural Holder of the L. Clarke Stout Professorship in Anatomic Pathology

Alan D.T. Barrett, PhD
Professor, Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
John D. Stobo, MD Distinguished Chair in Vaccinology
Director, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research
Molecular genetics of flaviviruses; bunyaviruses; tropical virus diseases; vaccine development

David W.C. Beasley, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Institutional Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies
Molecular basis of virulence variations between West Nile virus (WNV) strains; flaviviruses, arboviruses and smallpox

Dennis A. Bente, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Tick-borne viruses, pathogenesis of viral hemorrhagic fevers, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus pathogenesis

Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Tissue Culture Core Facility
Oxidative stress; mitochondrial abnormalities in inflammation; aging processes

Nigel Bourne, PhD
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Sr. Scientist, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Genital herpes; hepatitis C virus; vaccines and antiviral agents

Trevor L. Brasel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology Immunology
Study Director, Regulated Studies, Institutional Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies

Alexander Bukreyev, PhD
Professor, Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Ebola; Marburg; H5N1; vectored vaccines; mucosal immunization; immunology

Antonella Casola, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
RSV; hMPV; cell signaling

Teh-sheng Chan, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Transgenic mouse model for hepatitis C; asthma research using a mouse model; gene therapy

Ashok K. Chopra, PhD, CSc
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Global Health
Assistant Director, Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program
Virulence gene regulation; pathogenic mechanisms; cell signaling; vaccine development; inflammation

Premkumar Christadoss, MD
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Autoimmunity; cellular and molecular mechanisms of immunopathogenesis; new therapy for autoimmune diseases (e.g., myasthenia gravis)

Jason E. Comer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Study Director, Institutional Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies

Yingzi Cong, PhD
Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Analysis of unique murine models of inflammatory bowel disease

Sara M Dann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Interaction of enterid pathogens with the host mucosal immune system parasites in intestinal inflammation and the involvement of innate immunity

Robert A Davey, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Neuroscience — Cell Biology
Murine leukemia viruses; gene therapy; viral entry

Tonyia D Eaves-Pyles, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Pathogenic bacteria and their products induce innate immune response in the human host

Janice Endsley, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
TB and TB/HIV co-infection, cell mediated immunity and signal transduction

Ilya Frolov, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular biology and molecular virology

Nisha Garg, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology / Franklin Fellow of the US Department of State / US Agency for International Development
Oxidative response networks and inflammation in chagasic cardiomyopathy; vaccine efficacy against T. cruzi and Chagas disease; Strategies for the elimination of tropical infectious diseases

Roberto Garofalo, MD
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Respiratory syncytial virus immunopathogenesis; inflammation; cytokine transcription; eosinophils; epithelial cell signaling

Thomas W Geisbert, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Lassa virus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus; nonhuman primate models; pathogenesis, vaccines, therapeutics

J Andrew Grant, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Potency of antihistamines.

Clifford W. Houston, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Herman Barnett Distinguished Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and Diversity
Aeromonas hydrophila; cytotoxic enterotoxin.

Haitao Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Antiviral immunity and host-virus interactions in HIV infection and vaccination

Ruksana Huda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular immunology, therapy for autoimmune disease

Thomas Ksiazek, DVM, MD
Professor SCVD and Microbiology and Immunology; Epidemiology/ecology and laboratory diagnosis of hemorrhagic fevers and arthropod-borne viral diseases

William S. Lawrence, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Aerobiology Division Manager

James LeDuc, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Tropical and Emerging Virology
Director, Galveston National Laboratory
Global health, biodefense and biosecurity, and epidemiology of infectious diseases

Stanley M. Lemon, MD
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine
Molecular mechanisms involved with replication of positive-strand RNA viruses and the pathogenesis of human hepatitis viruses, particularly hepatitis C virus; antiviral drug development; mechanisms of immune evasion of hepatitis C virus

Shinji Makino, DVM, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular virology and pathogenesis of SARS coronavirus and Rift Valley fever virus.

Jere McBride, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Obligate intracellular bacteria; pathobiology; immunity; molecular pathogenesis; vaccine development and diagnostics

Peter C. Melby, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology & Immunology
Leishmaniasis; international research ethics; impact of malnutrition on innate immunity and susceptibility to infection

Vineet D. Menachery, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Coronaviruses, systems biology, aging, immunology, genetics, SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, viral emergence

Gregg N. Milligan, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Viral immunology, immunity to herpes simplex virus, immunity to West Nile virus

Chad E. Mire, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Director, GNL BSL-4 Core B

Vladimir Motin, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Yersinia pestis pathogenesis; vaccine; therapeutics

Joan Nichols, PhD
Associate Director, Research and Operations, Galveston National Laboratory
Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Viral pathogenesis and influence of aging on host response to pathogens (immunosenescence) and development of human model systems using tissue engineering

David W. Niesel, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Lawrence E. Etheridge, Jr. Professor
Senior Vice President and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Chief Research Officer, UTMB Health
In vivo virulence gene expression; bacterial pathogenesis; novel methods of antibiotic resistance detection

CJ Peters, MD
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Virology and viral immunology – Ebola virus; Rift Valley fever virus; hantavirus; Nipah virus

Johnny W Peterson, PhD
Samuel Baron Distinguished Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Toxins; inflammation; molecular pathogenesis of bacterial infections of the intestine; therapeutics against diarrheal disease and anthrax

Iryna V. Pinchuk, PhD
Instructor, Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Microbiology & Immunology; Myofibroblasts/fibroblasts (IMFs).

Richard Pyles, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Scientist, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Microbiome/mucosal interactions, Herpesvirology; HIV; molecular virology; viral pathogenesis; mucosal innate immunology

Krishna Rajarathnam, PhD
Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Immunology
Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Physiology and Biophysics
Structural biology of chemokine and chemokine receptors; inflammation; protein therapeutics.

Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Innate immunity to virus infection (Influenza and other viruses); Pattern recognition receptor signaling and E3-ubiquitin ligases in antiviral responses; Antagonism of innate immune response by viruses

Cristiana Rastellini, MD
Professor, Departments of Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology; Organ/cellular preservation; mechanisms of acute and chronic rejection; tolerance induction; pancreatic islet transplantation; beta cell proliferation.

Victor Reyes, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Antigen processing; T-cell presentation; mucosal immunity; H. pylori, inflammatory bowel disease, gastric cancer, peptic ulcer disease.

Barry Rockx, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Henipavirus pathogenesis and therapeutics against emerging zoonotic viruses.

Jian Sha, MD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Bacterial pathogens such as Aeromonas, Salmonella, and Yersinia

Lynn Soong, MD, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Protective immunity and pathogenesis of intracellular pathogens; Dendritic cell-pathogen interactions; T cell priming; Cytokines/Chemokines; Vaccine development.

Robin Stephens, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine
Immunology of malaria infection

Jiaren Sun, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Protective immunity and pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus infection.

Sanjiv Sur, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Asthma and Microbiology & Immunology
Allergic sensitization and asthma using molecular biology tools; role of genes in asthma.

Robert B Tesh, MD
Adjunct Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Epidemiology of arthropod-borne and other zoonotic viral diseases.

Alfredo Torres, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Diarrheal pathogens, mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, biodefense-related microorganisms.

Chien-Te (Kent) Tseng, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Virology and viral immunology - Ebola virus; Rift Valley Fever; Hantavirus; Nipah virus; Hepatitis C; SARS

Michael P Underbrink, MD, MBA
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology and Microbiology & Immunology
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

David H Walker, MD
Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguished Chair in Tropical Diseases
Executive Director, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Immunity to and pathogenesis of arthropod-transmitted obligate intracellular bacterial infections (Rickettsia and Ehrlichia)

Tian (Tina) Wang, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Flavivirus, West Nile encephalitis, immunity, vaccines and antiviral agents

Scott Weaver, PhD
Chair, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
Scientific Director, Galveston National Laboratory
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Ecology, epidemiology, evolution, and pathogenesis of arboviral diseases; antiviral and vaccine development

Suxia Yao, MD
Instructor, Microbiology and Immunology; Analysis of unique murine models of inflammatory bowel disease.

MinKyung Yi, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular Biology of Hepatitis C Virus, Virus†Host Interactions Related to HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma) and Metabolic Diseases

Xue-Jie Yu, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Ehrlichia and Rickettsia