The Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is home to the PhD degree-granting program in Microbiology. PhD students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation. The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework coupled with flexible departmental requirements enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program.
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- Roger Abounader
Basic and translational brain tumor research
- Herve Agaisse
Genetic approaches, cellular and molecular biology of intracellular pathogen infection
- Timothy P. Bender
Regulation of gene expression during lymphocyte development
- Amy H. Bouton
Signaling Pathways and Breast Cancer
- Thomas J. Braciale
T Lymphocyte Responses To Virus Infection
- David L. Brautigan
Protein Phosphorylation in Cell Signaling
- Jay C. Brown
Structure and Assembly of the Herpes Simplex Virus Capsid.
- Michael G. Brown
NK Cells and Viral Immunity, Genetics of host resistance to viral infection, Immunogenetics, Immune regulation
- Timothy N. Bullock
Pathways to enhance T cell function in tumors.
- James E. Casanova
Role of Arf family GTPases in vesicular transport and cytoskeleton assembly.
Cell Biology of bacterial pathogenesis.
The innate immune response to bacterial infection.
- Anna Cliffe
Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of Neurons
- Alison K. Criss
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis
- Isabelle Derre
Host/pathogen Interaction – Chlamydia Infection
- Bimal N. Desai
Ion channels and Ca2+-signaling in inflammation and immunity
- Andrew Dudley
Tumor microenvironment and mechanisms of tumor neovascularization
- Daniel A. Engel
Drug Discovery and Molecular Biology of Pathogenic RNA viruses: Influenza, Dengue and Ebola.
- Victor H. Engelhard
Identification of MHC-restricted tumor antigens / Control of T cell homing to tumors / Role of lymphatic endothelial cells in regulating immunity and self-tolerance
- Loren D. Erickson
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of B lymphocyte function; Genetic susceptibility in systemic lupus erythematosus; Immunotherapeutics in the treatment of B cell disorders
- Sarah E Ewald
Innate immunity, chronic disease, host-parasite interactions
- Jay W. Fox
Basement Membrane Structure and Metalloproteinases
- Daniel Gioeli
Signal transduction in cancer cells
- Jennifer Guler
Cell Biology and Parasitology
- Young S. Hahn
Immune regulation for HCV infection and chronic liver inflammation
- Marie-Louise Hammarskjöld
Post Transcriptional Gene Regulation and the Molecular Biology of Human Retroviruses
- Tajie H. Harris
Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS
- Erik L. Hewlett
Structure and Function of Bacterial Toxins: Roles in Microbial Pathogenesis and Uses in Biomedical Research
- Molly A. Hughes
Biodefense and emerging pathogens
- David F Kashatus
The Role of Mitochondrial Fusion and Fission in Tumorigenesis.
- Dean H. Kedes
Human Herpes virus associated with malignancy, including Kaposi’s Sarcoma
- Melissa M. Kendall
Mechanisms used by Bacterial Pathogens to Integrate Host- and Bacterial-derived Signals to Sense their Environment, Coordinate Gene Expression, and Cause Disease
- Ulrike M Lorenz
Involvement of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 in signal transduction pathways
- Thomas P Loughran, Jr.
Hematologic malignancies; bone marrow disorders; leukemia; large granular lymphocyte (LGL)
- Barbara J. Mann
Pathogenicity of Francisella tularensis and vaccines
- Coleen A. McNamara
Atherosclerosis, Obesity, Diabetes
- James P. Nataro
Pathogenesis of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli and Shigella.
- Kwon-Sik Park
Mechanisms of tumor progression and homeostasis
- Lucy F. Pemberton
Nuclear Transport in Chromatin Assembly and Transcriptional Regulation
- William A Petri
Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of parasitic infection
- Rebecca Pompano
Our lab develops methods based on microfluidic culture systems, bioanalytical techniques, and spatially resolved simulations to quantify the spatiotemporal dynamics of the inflammatory cascade and develop targeted therapies.
- Girija Ramakrishnan
Iron-uptake mechanisms and Virulence Factors of Francisella tularensis; Microbial Pathogenesis
- Kodi S. Ravichandran
Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease
- David M. Rekosh
Human Immunodeficiency; Virus Gene Expression
- Melanie Rutkowski
Influence of commensal microbes on immune homeostasis, anti-tumor immunity, and metastasis
- M. Mitchell Smith
Functional Genomics of Histones, Chromatin, and Protein Acetylation Signaling in Cancer and the Cell Cycle
- Kenneth S. Tung
Mechanisms of Tolerance and Autoimmunity to Gonad-Specific Antigens
- Judith M. White
Virus Entry into Cells: Mechanisms and Development of Anti-Viral Therapeutics
- Judith A. Woodfolk
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of allergic disease in humans.
- Steven L. Zeichner
Pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the development of new therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancers.
- Hui Zong
Mouse models of brain cancers