The bacteriologists in the department focus their research on the strategies employed by pathogens that mediate an intracellular infection. These pathogens include Salmonella, Mycobacterium, and Listeria. Research involves analysis of both bacterial toxins and the response of the host cell.
Margaret Bynoe, PhD, Professor of Immunology
Research Interest: The molecular basis of antigen induced immune suppression and the modulation of the innate immune system response in immunity against cancer; the role of adenosine in immune and central nervous system barrier regulation
Pamela Chang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology
Research Interest: Identification of metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate the host immune system and the development of chemical tools to modulate the immune response
Hélène Marquis, DMV, PhD, Professor of Microbiology
Research Interest: Pathogenesis of bacterial diseases affecting mammalian and aquatic animals.
David Russell, PhD, William Kaplan Professor of Infection Biology
Research Interest: The biology of intracellular infection, with emphasis on Mycobacteria
Jeongmin Song, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis
Research Interest: Typhoid toxin, Salmonella Typhi, Bacterial AB toxins, Vaccines, Antibodies, Typhoid fever, Chronic/persistent infection
Brian VanderVen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology
Research Interest: Physiology of the intracellular pathogen M. tuberculosis