Research Bench Lab

Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology Research

Microbiology & Immunology research spans a broad range of interests including viral and bacterial infection and pathogenesis, inflammation and immunology, enzymology and metabolism, molecular genetics, and signaling and gene expression. Our faculty address questions at the cellular and molecular level, using contemporary technology and approaches. Our faculty maintain research laboratories located within the Basic Science Building, the Children's Research Institute, the Versiti Blood Research Institute, the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund Center, the Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes, the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, and the Center for Infectious Disease Research.

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Research Focus

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Bacterial Infection and Pathogenesis

Joseph Barbieri Laboratory
Specialty: Bacterial toxins, bacterial pathogenesis

Kenneth Brockman Laboratory
Specialty: Microbial pathogenesis, bacterial gene regulation, host-microbe interactions

Jenifer Coburn Laboratory
Specialty: Tick-borne diseases, Borrelia infections, Spirochaetales infections

Dara Frank Laboratory
Specialty: Bacterial toxins, bacterial pathogenesis

Christopher Kristich Laboratory
Specialty: Antibiotic resistance and signal transduction in Gram-positive bacteria

Robert Lochhead Laboratory
Specialty: Lyme disease, host-pathogen interactions, inflammation, autoimmunity

Nita Salzman Laboratory
Specialty: Antimicrobial peptides, host-microbe interactions in the GI tract, microbiota in health and disease

Thomas Zahrt Laboratory
Specialty: Mycobacterium, two-component systems, lipid droplets

 
Microbiome

John Kirby Laboratory
Specialty: Xenobiotic disruption of microbiomes, microbial interactions, computational biology

Nita Salzman Laboratory
Specialty: Antimicrobial peptides, host-microbe interactions in the GI tract, microbiota in health and disease

Martin Hessner Laboratory
Specialty: Type I diabetes, innate immunity