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, 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:

The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and class II molecules.

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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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