Program Faculty

Aiken, Christopher, Ph.D.

Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Biochemistry and molecular biology of HIV infection. 


Ascano, Manuel, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Biochemistry

Assistant Professor: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Post-transcriptional gene regulation in innate immunity and cellular stress


Bachman, Brian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Chemistry                       

Biosynthesis of bioactive secondary metabolites.


Bock, Paul, Ph.D.

Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology   

Action of proteases that mediate blood coagulation.


Caprioli, Richard, Ph.D.

Professor: Biochemistry                                                                      

Peptide and protein investigations using mass spectrometry.


Cassat, James, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Pediatrics/Div. Infectious Disease                                                                                      

The interaction between host and pathogen during invasive bacterial infections.


Chazin, Walter, Ph.D.

Professor: Biochemistry     

Structural biology; NMR spectroscopy; DNA damage, replication, and repair.


Crowe, James E., M.D.

Professor: Pediatrics/Div. Infectious Disease    

The molecular basis for the development of effective B cell responses to viruses in humans; cell biology of virus infection in polarized epithelial cells.


Denison, Mark, M.D.

Professor: Pediatrics/Div. Pediatric Infectious Disease

Coronavirus / SARS replication; virus cell biology; emerging viruses in biodefense; synthetic biology.

Hadjifrangiskou, Maria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Regulatory mechanisms that underlie mutlicellular behavior and virulence in bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.


Joyce, Sebastian, Ph.D.

Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Immunologic recognition: how T cells see antigens and respond to regulate mucosal immunity and inflammation.


Lacy, D. Borden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology                          

Understanding the structures and mechanisms of bacterial protein toxins and their host interactions.


Lindsley, Craig, Ph.D.

Professor: Pharmacology                                               

Medicinal chemistry efforts to validate novel targets/mechanisms.


Marnett, Lawrence J., Ph.D.

Professor: Biochemistry                                             

DNA structure, mutagenicity, and repair; DNA adducts; lipid oxidation products.


Osheroff, Neil, Ph.D.

Professor: Biochemistry                               

Function and biology of DNA topoisomerases.


Skaar, Eric, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

The pathogenesis of bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infections), Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), and Acinetobacter baumannii (soft tissue infections).


Sulikowski, Gary, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director

Professor: Chemistry

Total synthesis of complex natural products; chemical biology of natural products and small molecules.


Townsend, Steven Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Chemistry

Synthesizing compounds to modulate biofilm formation and understanding how bacteria obtain saccharides, fats, and proteins used in the  construction of biofilms.


Wright, David, Ph.D.

Professor: Chemistry

The role of heme detoxification in the malaria parasite, leading to new approaches to drug discovery and low resource point-of-care diagnostics; structural processing of biomaterials.


Zwiebel, Laurence, Ph.D.

Professor: Biological Sciences (Pharmacology)

The comprehensive study of olfaction and olfactory-based behaviors in malaria and other disease vector mosquitoes.