Primary Faculty

Jimmy Ballard, PhD

Professor and Chairman


Research Interests:

Bacterial Pathogenesis, Clostridium difficile, and Bacillus anthracis

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Darrin Akins, PhD

Professor, Associate Director for Educational Training, Stephenson Cancer Center


Research Interests:

Pathogenic spirochetes, Lyme disease pathogenesis, host-parasite relationships.

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Kevin Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor


Research Interests:

Cellular and molecular biology of apicomplexan parasites. Areas of special interest include parasite motility, protein secretion, second messenger signaling, genetics, and pathogenesis.

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Michelle C. Callegan, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor


Research Interests:

Molecular Pathogenesis of Bacterial Ocular Infections

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Daniel J.J. Carr, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor


Research Interests:

Neuroimmunology; Mucosal Immunology with an emphasis on the eye; herpes simplex virus type 1-induced lymphangiogenesis and encephalitis, vaccine development

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Maureen Cox, PhD

Assistant Professor


Research Interests:

The intersection of the immune and nervous systems during infection and tumorigenesis.

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Madeleine W. Cunningham, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor


Research Interests:

Molecular mimicry, Autoimmunity and Infection 

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Zachary Dalebroux, PhD

Assistant Professor


Research Interests:

Bacterial pathogenesis, innate immunity, antimicrobial resistance, membrane lipid remodeling, biochemistry of transmembrane proteins, mass spectrometry and chemistry for the analysis of bacterial glycerophospholipids.

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David Dyer, PhD

Professor


Research Interests:

Microbial genomics, bacterial iron transport, bacterial regulatory networks, microbial pathogenesis

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Kevin Fuller, PhD

Assistant Professor


Research Interests:

Fungal pathogenesis, fungal genetics, signal transduction, antifungal therapy

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William Hildebrand, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor


Research Interests:

My research is focused on the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and class II molecules.  These molecules trigger immune responses that result in:

  • The rejection of organ and bone marrow transplants.
  • The targeting of tumor cells for immune destruction.
  • Autoimmune responses such as diabetes and arthritis.
  • Immune responses to vaccines against viruses and tumors.

Laboratory research support comes does and has come from several sources including the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the National Marrow Donor Program, OCAST, PHF, commercial enterprises, and the Medical Alumni Association. 

Unique aspects of my research have been commercialized to form the biotechnology company Pure Protein LLC.  I am Chief Scientific Officer of Pure Protein which is located at the Research Park on the OUHSC campus.  The overall goal of my scientific endeavors is to utilize class I and class II molecules to stimulate beneficial immune responses and to modulate deleterious immune responses.

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Molly Hill, PhD

Professor, Graduate Student Liaison

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Mark Lang, PhD

Professor, Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor


Research Interests:

NKT cells and regulation of humoral immune responses

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Rodney Tweten, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor


Research Interests:

Structural biology and biochemistry of bacterial protein toxins

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Lauren Zenewicz, PhD

Assistant Professor


Research Interests:

Inflammation, mucosal immunology, cytokines

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