Faculty

Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Faculty

The Immunology, Pathology and Infectious Disease (IPID) doctoral program includes faculty members from the following colleges, departments and institutes: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, Eppley Institute, Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy, three Internal Medicine departments, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology and Microbiology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Radiology and Surgery.

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Maher Abdalla Maher Y. Abdalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Oxidative stress and free radical biology; microbial infections; tumor immunology; cancer biology.

Yazen Alnouti Yazen Alnouti, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research focus:  Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), with a focus on the application of Bioanalytical Chemistry, in vitro and in vivo animal models to support ADMET (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity) and pharmacokinetic (PK) studies; Biomarkers for hepato-biliary diseases based on bile acid metabolism by sulfation.

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Hamid Band

Hamid Band, MD, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Regulation of receptor signaling by endocytic traffic; Cbl-family and CHIP ubiquitin ligases; EHD-family endocytic recycling regulators; mouse genetic models.


Tim Baxter B. Timothy Baxter, MD, FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Use of doxycycline to slow or stop the growth of aneurysms.

Ken Bayles Kenneth W. Bayles, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance; characterization of a novel regulatory system that controls the peptidoglycan hydrolase activity produced by bacteria.

Julia Bridge Julia A. Bridge, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Cytopathology, tumor cytogenetics.

Shilpa Buch Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Therapeutic strategies that may enhance neural function and survival in NeuroAIDS, with possible implications in other neurodegenerative diseases.

Keely Buesing Keely Buesing, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Siddappa Byrareddy Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  HIV/SIV/SHIV, neuroAIDS, transmission, drugs of abuse, HIV cure, gut homing molecules.

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Scott Campbell W. Scott Campbell, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Health informatics and pathology informatics.

Steve Carson Steven D. Carson, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Blood coagulation (tissue factor), coxsackievirus receptor.

Adam Case Adam J. Case, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Redox signaling and function of T-lymphocytes during hypertension; examining the interplay between the autonomic nervous and immune systems.

Vinai Chittezham Thomas Vinai Chittezham Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Staphylococcal physiology and metabolism; staphylococcus stress response.

Sam Cohen Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Urologic pathology, carcinogenesis and toxicology.

Martin Conda Sheridan Martin Conda-Sheridan, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Design of complex multifunctional biomaterials and bioactive small molecules for medicinal applications.

Leah Cook

Leah Cook, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Metastasis-associated bone disease; prostate cancer; role of immune system in bone metastasis and tumor-bone microenvironment; in-vivo and in-silico models of tumor progression.


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Paul Davis Paul Davis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)
Research focus:  Studying the formation of Toxoplasma gondii intra-tissue bradyzoite cyst using genomic and genetic approaches, in vitro and in vivo.

Jixin Dong Jixin Dong, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Hippo signaling and cancer.

Terrence Donohue Terrence Donohue, Jr, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Research focus:  Alcohol consumption and protein degradation in the liver and brain.

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Paul Fey Paul D. Fey, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Staphylococcal biology and pathogenesis; antibiotic resistance of clinical relevant pathogens.

Howard Fox Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.

Kai Fu Kai Fu, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Hematopathology, lymphoma research.

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Catherine Gebhart Catherine Gebhart, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Histocompatibility testing for solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, infectious disease monitoring of immunocompromised individuals.

Howard Gendelman Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinson's disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia.

Santhi Gorantla Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Mouse models for HIV; humanized mouse model to study HIV vaccine strategies to induce protective immune responses and immune-based therapeutics to enhance HIV immune responses; HIV pathogenesis.

Timothy Greiner Timothy C. Greiner, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Etiology and progression of lymphoma by examining the mutational spectra of oncogenes and tumor suppresser genes.

Babu Guda Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Development and application of computational methods for genomic data analyses including cancer genomics, functional annotation of proteins, pathways, networks and systems in biomedical research.

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Steve Hinrichs Steven H. Hinrichs, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious organism, antimicrobial drug discovery and bioterrorism preparedness information technology.

Karen Honeycutt Karen Honeycutt, Med, MLS (ASCP) SM
Associate Professor, College of Allied Health Professions – Clinical Laboratory Science Education
Research focus:  Effective and efficient educational methodologies; computer-based and multimedia education platforms; incorporation of professionalism in CLS education.

Corey Hopkins

Corey Hopkins, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research focus:  Design, synthesis and optimization of biologically active small molecules as in vivo probes, drug discovery lead compounds and preclinical candidates.


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Javeed Iqbal Javeed Iqbal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular signatures to improve diagnosis and outcome prediction in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; gene expression profiling and pathway targeted therapy in peripheral T-cell lymphoma; characterization of key molecular signatures in natural killer cell malignancies.

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Georgette Kanmogne Georgette D. Kanmogne, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  HIV/AIDS, vascular biology and cell signaling.

Adam Karpf Adam R. Karpf, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Cancer epigenetics and DNA methylation, ovarian cancer.

Tammy Kielian Tammy L. Kielian, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Immunology of infectious diseases, focus on how Staphylococcus aureus biofilms evade immune mediated clearance; Juvenile Batten Disease, focus on mechanisms leading to neuron loss in this pediatric lysosomal storage disease.

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Marilynn Larson Marilynn Larson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Development of diagnostics and therapeutics for pathogen identification and treatment; respectively; determining the molecular mechanisms that allow pathogens to replicate and persist.

Yutong Liu Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.

Oksana Lockridge Oksana Lockridge, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Mass spectrometry to diagnose exposure to organophosphates; production of human butyrylcholinesterase.

Xu Luo Xu Luo, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Regulation of mitochondria-dependent cell death.

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Thomas McDonald Thomas McDonald, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Immunology; antigen isolation and purification; acute phase proteins; inflammation; immunoassays.

Benita McVicker Benita McVicker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology-Hepatology
Research focus:  Alcohol liver injury and mechanisms.

Lee Mosley R. Lee Mosley, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Regulation of T Lymphocyte function; T cell-mediated immunity in neurodegenerative disorders.

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Praba Narayanasamy Prabagaran (Praba) Narayanasamy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Drug design, discovery and development (including drug delivery by nanomedicine) for infectious diseases; study of physiology and pathogenesis of bacteria and virus towards drug discovery; design, synthesis and characterization of substrates, inhibitors, intermediates, products and mechanisms for drug discovery and development.

Caroline Ng

Caroline Ng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology
Research focus:  Biology and pathogenesis of Plasmodium falciparum, genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying drug resistance.


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Stephen Obaro Stephen Obaro, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Research focus:  Pneumococcal disease and vaccine, meningococcal dsease and vaccine, HIV infections in children, typhoid fever in children, community aquired pneumonia and invasive bacterial infections in Nigerian children.

Natalia Osna Natalia Osna, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology and Hepatology (GI)
Research focus:  A member of the Alcohol Liver Study Unit conducting research on how alcohol consumption affects protein degradation in the liver; HCV- and HBV- infection pathogenesis and alcoholic liver disease: innate immunity, cytokine signaling, cell-to-cell communication via apoptotic bodies and exosomes.

Scot Ouellette Scot Ouellette, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology
Research focus:  Chlamydial microbiology: bacterial cell division, gene regulation, host-pathogen interactions.

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Thomas Petro Thomas Petro, PhD
Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Using molecular immunobiology approaches to explore intrinsic pathways to or novel therapeutics for expression and control of cytokines to prevent chronic viral infections, autoimmune disease and/or inflammatory diseases.

Larisa Poluektova Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.

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St Patrick Reid St. Patrick Reid, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular virology of novel functions of proteins encoded by highly pathogenic viruses; Elucidating host-pathogen interactions of emerging highly pathogenic viruses including Ebola, Chikungunga and Zika.

Angie Rizzino Angie A. Rizzino, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms that regulate the proliferation of cancer stem cells and pluripotent stem cells.

Elizabeth Rucks Elizabeth Rucks, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology
Research focus:  Host trafficking to the chlamydial inclusion, growth and development of chlamydia.

Mark Rupp Mark Rupp, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

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Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology (USAMRID)
Research focus:  Characterization of the humoral and cellular immune response to pathogen infection or vaccination challenge.

Uriel Sandkovsky Uriel Sandkovsky, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

Rakesh Singh Rakesh K. Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Host-tumor interaction in tumor progression, angiogenesis and metastasis, tumor immunology.

Joyce Solheim Joyce Solheim, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Mechanisms regulating the immune response to tumors and infectious pathogens, and development of new immunotherapies.

Laurey Steinke Laurey Steinke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Biofilms:  Staphylococcus aureus, Microbiome and Thermophilic.

Kaihong Su Kaihong Su, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Immunology and autoimmunity; understanding the molecular mechanisms for autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA); developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for these diseases.

Keer Sun Keer Sun, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Immunology; the impact of oxidative stress on the complex virus-host-bacterium interaction occurring during influenza and MRSA co-infection.

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Jim Talmadge James E. Talmadge, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Tumor biology, metastasis, immunotherapy, molecular and cellular immunology, hematology and oncology.

Geoffrey Thiele Geoffrey M. Thiele, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research focus:  Autoimmunity, immune system disorders, immunopathology; infectious diseases/agents; Rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, breast cancer and the immune system, bone loss and erosion, alcoholic liver disease.

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Trevor VanSchooneveld Trevor VanSchooneveld, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research focus:  Antimicrobial resistance and clinical infectious disease, in particular improving antimicrobial use through antimicrobial stewardship.

Joseph Vetro Joseph Vetro, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Developing novel synthetic targeted drug and gene delivery nanocarriers for the anti-angiogenesis treatment of cancer; improving development paradigms for targeted bioimaging and drug delivery nanocarriers; developing subunit vaccines based on the novel adjuvant, EP67.

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Gus Wang Guangshun (Gus) Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Biomolecular NMR; structural biology; signal transduction; antimicrobial peptides.

Haitao Wen

Haitao Wen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Innate immunity; immune-metabolism; mitochondrial metabolism; cell death; sepsis; colitis; colitis-associated cancer.


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Huangui Xiong Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular underlying HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders.

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Jialin Zheng Jialin Zheng, MD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.

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