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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, PhD
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.


Elena Sbrana, PhD
Instructor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Autopsy pathology and placenta pathology

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

Edward Sherwood, MD, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Microbiology & Immunology
Immunological alterations; Immunosuppression; Inflammation.

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.

Mardelle Susman, MA
Instructor, Microbiology & Immunology
Grant administration, editor

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
George Dock Distinguished 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

Jian-Jun Wen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; Upstream regulations of mitochondrial dysfunction and ROS generation in Chagasic cardiomyopathy.

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
Professor, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology
Ehrlichia and Rickettsia