Infectious Disease

Infectious DiseaseInfectious Diseases are still a dominant public health priority, despite many advances related to vaccines and antibiotics. Development of new antibiotics has been severely limited over the past two decades and many microbial pathogens have now acquired resistance to our entire arsenal of treatments. Research efforts at KU are focused on elucidating molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity for select bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Similarly, research efforts are directed towards understanding the immune responses to certain pathogens. Together these efforts will facilitate the development of new antimicrobials and vaccines. Graduate students performing research in this area will gain experience in Microbial Pathogenesis and the Immune Responses.

Select a faculty member below to learn more about their research in this area:

Professor, Chancellors Club Teaching Professor
(785) 864-4007
7035 Haworth

T cell activation, cell signaling, adhesion molecules.

Dr. David Davido
Associate Professor
(785) 864-4022
7047 Haworth

Molecular virology and pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus.

Dr. Susan M. Egan
Professor, Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
(785) 864-4294
8031 Haworth (Lab office)
Dr. Lynn Hancock
Associate Professor
785-864-6859
8047 Haworth

Mechanisms of pathogenesis for Enterococcus

Dr. P. Scott Hefty
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Studies Director
(785) 864-5392
8051 Haworth

Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Pathogenesis

Dr. Liang Tang
Associate Professor
(785) 864-5838
8041 Haworth

Structure, assembly, and dynamics of molecular complexes in viruses and bacteria.

Dr. Lisa Timmons
Associate Professor
(785) 864-7363
5041 Haworth

ABC transporters and RNAi: anti-foreign genome responses and stem cell regulation.

 


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