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.

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:  Mechanism(s) of CNS pathology triggered by the host-HIV interplay in the context of drugs of abuse.

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.

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.

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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:  Influence of alcohol consumption on hepatic autophagy and the proteasome.

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Paul Fey Paul D. Fey, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Metabolism and its link to bacterial pathogenesis.

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.

Michael Green Michael Green, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Unravel the genetic underpinnings of lymphoid malignancies, with the ultimate goal of identifying and therapeutically targeting the molecular drivers of these cancers.

Timothy Greiner Timothy C. Greiner, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular pathology of lymphoma.

Babu Guda Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, PhD
Associate 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.

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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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Donald Johnson Donald R. Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Immunology and tumor biology.  The effect of major depressive disorder on the innate immune system.

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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.

Sorin Luca Sorin Luca, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Protein structure determination using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance; study of membrane proteins and amyloid fibrils that are involved in a wide range of diseases; fundamental processes of biological membranes.

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.

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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 and brain; ethanol metabolism on cellular replication; ethanol as it relates to altered protein trafficking and the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver injury; role of iron as a secondary risk factor in liver diseases including oxidative stress induced by agents such as alcohol or hepatitis C viral proteins as one of the primary underlying mechanisms of iron overload.

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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.

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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 control the proliferation of tumor-initiating cells and the growth and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells.

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

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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.

Jessica Snowden Jessica Nichols Snowden, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Research focus:  Development of an animal model of central nervous system catheter infections; epidemiology and management of tularemia.

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:  Metaproteomics of microbial communities and the microbiome.

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:  Awaiting information.

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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Cheng Wang Cheng Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

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

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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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