Infectious Diseases Faculty

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Melinda Brindley
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Arenavirus glycoprotein structure and function; virus entry and membrane fusion; emerging virus-host interactions

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Harry W. Dickerson
Professor Infectious Diseases

Comparative Immunology; molecular parasitology.

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Vanessa Ezenwa
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases
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Donald Harn
Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator Infectious Diseases

Mechanistic analysis of parasite induced immune suppression. Translational research on immuno-modulation pertaining to inflammation based diseases. Vaccine development and trials.

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Eric T. Harvill
Professor Infectious Diseases

interactions between microbial pathogens and host immunity in the mouse model using bacteria that naturally infect mice and closely related strains that are important human pathogens.

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Biao He
Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator Infectious Diseases

Paramyxovirus-host interactions, vaccine development, emerging paramyxovirus and onocylytic virus.

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Jeff Hogan
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases
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Mary Hondalus
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

Mechanisms of bacterial virulence and survival in the host; host-pathogen interactions; vaccine development.

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Ray Kaplan
Professor Infectious Diseases

Biology, molecular mechanisms, and population genetics of anthelmintic resistance in parasitic nematodes

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Russell Karls
Associate Research Scientist Infectious Diseases
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Dennis Kyle
Professor Cellular Biology & Infectious Diseases

The discovery and development of new drugs to prevent or treat malaria and leishmaniasis. Elucidating mechanism(s) of resistance and discovering new drug treatment regimens, combinations, or strategies to overcome resistance.

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Eric Lafontaine
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

Bacterial pathogenesis; role of adhesins in virulence; vaccine development.

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Julie Moore
Professor Infectious Diseases

Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy and immunopathogenic mechanisms that lead to compromise of pregnancy.

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Andy Moorhead
Assistant Research Scientist Infectious Diseases

Establishment of the parasite/host niche by filarial worms, specifically Brugia malayi, one of the causative agents of lymphatic filariasis.

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Jarrod J. Mousa
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Human antibody-mediated immunity to inform next-generation vaccine development; focus on immunity to major viral, bacterial, and fungal human pathogens using multidisciplinary approaches in immunology, structural biology, and biochemistry to study antibody-antigen interactions at the molecular level.

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Courtney C. Murdock
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

We use ecological and evolutionary theory to study mosquito-parasite interactions, ecological drivers of transmission, and how environmental change affects transmission.

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Karen Norris
Professor Infectious Diseases

Vaccine dev for prevention of PCP and COPD, RSV infection, COPD; Immune Activation and Aging, PAH; Immune-mediated mechanisms of pathogenesis, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, therapeutic testing; chronic immune activation/inflammation

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Andrew Park
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Transient evolution of pathogens. Evolutionary processes involved in cross-species transmission. Evolutionary constraints in viral epidemiology.

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David S. Peterson
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

Characterization of adhesion proteins which mediate host-parasite interactions in Plasmodium falciparum.

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Fred Quinn
Professor Infectious Diseases

Tuberculosis pathogenesis; host-pathogen interactions.

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Balazs Rada
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Role of reactive oxygen species in host-microbe interactions of the respiratory mucosa, neutrophil biology, pathomechanism of Pseudomonas infection in cystic fibrosis.

Barbara Reaves
Associate Research Scientist Infectious Diseases
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Pejman Rohani
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, including measles, pertussis, avian influenza, dengue and polio.

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Ted Ross
Professor Infectious Diseases

Dr. Ross explores new vaccine technologies for seasonal and pandemic influenza as well as West Nile Virus, Dengue Chikungunya, Ebola, and HIV.

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Jeremiah Saliki
Professor Infectious Diseases

My research interests are the development and improvement of diagnostic techniques for viral diseases of domestic marine mammals.

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Susan Sanchez
Professor Infectious Diseases

Veterinary diagnostics; emerging clinical problems; antibiotic resistance; epidemiology of diseases with special emphasis in zoonoses.

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Vincent Starai
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases; Microbiology

Bacterial modulation of eukaryotic membrane dynamics for intracellular survival; SNARE-dependent membrane fusion biochemistry.

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S. Mark Tompkins
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases; Toxciology

Transmission and pathogenicity of zoonotic influenza virus infection and development of vaccination and the prevention and treatment of viral infections.

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M. Stephen Trent
Distinguished Professor Infectious Diseases

Characterizing the assembly of bacterial surface structures, Development of vaccines for viral and bacterial pathogens, Systems approaches to understanding microbial diseases

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Ralph A. Tripp
Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Vaccine and Therapeutic Studies Infectious Diseases; Toxciology

Disease intervention strategies for important human pathogens and emerging infectious diseases of zoonotic origin; mechanisms of immunity; virus-host interface.

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Wendy Watford
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Regulation of host defense and tolerance by Stat transcription factors.

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Rebecca P. Wilkes
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

Molecular diagnostics and new test development; antivirals and vaccines for animal pathogens

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Adrian Wolstenholme
Professor Infectious Diseases

Molecular helminthology: in particular the interactions of anthelmintic drugs with ion channels in the nervous systems of parasitic helminths, and the molecular basis of drug resistance.

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