Category: Faculty Bios

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Genomics.

Robert S. Munson, Jr. Professor Department of Pediatrics Bacterial Pathogenesis and Genomics. Research Summary: Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae is an important cause of otitis media in children, and a major cause of lower respiratory disease in children in the developing world. The organism is also associated with exacerbations of chronic

Peptide and Protein Design, Antigenic and Immunogenic Determinants, Peptide & Protein Folding

Pravin T. P. Kaumaya Professor Ph.D., 1981, Portsmouth School of Pharmacy, England Peptide and Protein Design, Antigenic and Immunogenic Determinants, Peptide & Protein Folding. Research efforts in my laboratory are primarily based on exploiting the immune system’s exquisite specificity which offers one of the simplest and most effective ways

The Role of MHC-Restricted Antigen Presentation in the Immune Response Against Invading Microbial Pathogens and Tumors

Paula Wolf Bryant Assistant Professor Ph.D. – Baylor College of Medicine, 1988-1993 Postdoctoral fellowship – Harvard Medical School, 1993-2000 The role of MHC-restricted antigen presentation in the immune response against invading microbial pathogens and tumors. The focus of research in my laboratory is the role of MHC-restricted antigen presentation

Pathogenicity of Gram-negative Pathogens.

Neil R. Baker Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1975. Pathogenicity of gram-negative pathogens. My research is primarily concerned with secondary pathogens of the respiratory tract. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has been of particular concern because of the high mortality rates associated with hospital-acquired infections and the high incidence in cystic

Microbial Genomics, Emphasizing the Molecular Biology of Polysaccharide Degradation and Bacterial Adhesion to Plant Surfaces.

Mark Morrison Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Illionois, 1991 Microbial genomics, emphasizing the molecular biology of polysaccharide degradation and bacterial adhesion to plant surfaces. An obligatory step in cellulose degradation by anaerobic bacteria is the adhesion of the bacterium to the polysaccharide. In many anaerobic bacteria the adhesion protein,

Associate Professor

Juan D. Alfonzo B.S., Indiana University- Bloomington, IN Ph.D., Indiana University- Bloomington, IN Post-doctoral Research, University of California, Los Angeles The Alfonzo Lab Editing & Modification of tRNA: Roles in Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Disease. We are interested in RNA processing events that are unique to trypanosomes and could be

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Ecology, Archaea.

  F. Robert Tabita Professor; Ohio Eminent Scholar of Microbiology Professor, Natural Resources Professor, Plant Biology Director, Plant-Microbe Genomics Facility Director, Plant Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Program Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1971.   Biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular ecology, archaea. My laboratory is concerned with the molecular regulation, biochemistry,and enzymology of carbon dioxide assimilation. 

Jessica Dyszel

Jessica Dyszel I received my Bachelors degree in microbiology from Southern Illinois University. As an undergraduate I worked in an independent food-testing laboratory assisting in research projects and performing routine testing. Working as a laboratory technician furthered my interest in microbiology and prompted me to attend graduate school. When searching

Environmental and Industrial Microbiology

Olli H. Tuovinen Professor Ph.D., University of London, 1973 Environmental and Industrial Microbiology. Several projects are underway in my laboratory that combine microbial metabolism and ecology with environmental disciplines. Examples of current studies include (1) the biodegradation of pesticides and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, (2) microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of