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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abdalhamid3690.jpg Baha Abdalhamid, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Characterization of molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.

Maher Abdalla Maher Y. Abdalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Reactive Osygen Species (ROS), Heme Osygenase-1 (HO-1) and immune cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and prostate cancer.

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; cancer and stem cell biology.


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:  Staphylococcus aureus infections; biofilm development; the control of bacterial programmed cell death.

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, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Large animal and pulmonary cellular investigation of novel therapeutics targeting Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrom (ARDS).

Siddappa Byrareddy Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Understanding host-virus dynamics using molecular biology, virology, immunology, systems biology, and genomic tools to develop prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease, such as Zika virus.

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

Rey Carabeo, PhD

Rey Carabeo, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Cellular microbiology of Chlamydia-host cell interaction.


Steve Carson Steven D. Carson, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Coxsackievirus, Adenovirus cell surface Receptor (CAR), blood coagulation (tissue factor), cell membranes, protein chemistry.

Adam Case Adam J. Case, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Redox signaling and function of T-lymphocytes during psychological trauma (e.g. PTSD); 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:  Investigation of immune interactions within the tumor bone microenvironment that contribute to bone metastatic prostate cancer; identifying novel immunotherapeutic targets for treating and curing metastatic cancers.


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Paul Davis Paul Davis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)
Research focus:  Investigating and developing novel approaches to prevent and treat human parasitic infections, using approaches that include molecular biology, bioinformatics, -omics, high-content imaging, and genetics.

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:  Role of autophagy in the pathogenesis of alcohol-induced liver disease.

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Benson Edagwa

Benson Edagwa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Design, development and evaluation of antiretroviral prodrugs, development of long acting slow effective release ART (LASER ART) and their application to testing in cell and small animal based assays.


Dalia ElGamal, PhD

Dalia Elgamal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Understanding the pathogenesis of B-cell malignancies; evaluating novel targeted therapies for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and Richter's transformation (RT).


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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.

Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Basic and transitional research with the goal of identifying and evaluating novel targets for therapy in gastrointestinal tumors with K-Ras mutations; GI tract, liver, and solid organ transplant pathology.

Howard Fox Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
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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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, PhD, MEd, MLS(ASCP)SM
Associate Professor, College of Allied Health Professions – Clinical Laboratory Science Education
Research focus:  Effective and efficient educational methodologies; active learning strategies, online and multimedia educational platforms; incorporation of professionalism in MLS education; women and the academic doctoral degree path.

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
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Ovarian cancer biology and therapeutics; Cancer epigenetics.

Tammy Kielian Tammy L. Kielian, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Host-pathogen interactions, immunology, neuroimmunology, translational therapeutics.

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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
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 disease and vaccine, HIV infections in children, typhoid fever in children, community acquired 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:  Role of inflammation, innate immunity, apoptosis, proteasome dysfunctions and extracellular vesicles in the mechanisms of liver disease development; alcohol- and HIV-triggered liver injury; HCV, HBV and HIV-co-infections; second hits in potentiation of HIV-induced liver and fibrosis.

Scot Ouellette Scot Ouellette, PhD
Associate 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.

Don ronning, PhD

Don Ronning, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research focus:  Discovery and development of anti-infective compounds with particular interest on compounds possessing efficacy for treating Tuberculosis.


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.

Joshua Santarpia

Joshua Santarpia, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology
Research focus:  Detection, measurement and characterization of bioaerosols, atmospheric chemistry of bioaerosols, microbial communities in ambient environment (aerosol, soil and water) and bacteriophage for therapeutic and industrial uses.


Amar Singh, PhD Amar Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer; renal pathobiology.

Rakesh Singh Rakesh K. Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Tumor growth and metastasis, angiogenesis, tumor immunology, cytokine biology.

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
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Staphylococcus aureus biofilms.

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 progression and metastasis; immune intervention in cancer using cytokines; vaccines, adoptive cellular therapy and molecular therapeutics; regulation of MDSCs; molecular and cellular immunology, hematology and stem cell transplantation; oncology; gene therapy; translational research.

Geoffrey Talmon, MD Geoffrey Talmon, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Surgical, renal and placental pathology.

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William Tapprich, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)
Research focus:  Understanding the structure and function of viral RNA molecules, particularly enteroviral genomic RNA.


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 stewardship; Clostridium difficile infections; multi-drug gram negative pathogens; use of infection biomarkers in clinical practice.

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:  Host defense antimicrobial peptides; structural bioinformatics; biomolecular NMR.

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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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