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Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty Studying Host-Microbe Interactions

 

Name Research Interests Contact Information

Andreas Baumler, Ph.D.

Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Mechanisms of Salmonella Interaction with the Intestinal Mucosa.

(530) 754-7225
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Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.

Director
Clinical and Translational Science Center

Associate Dean of Research
UC Davis School of Medicine

 

(916) 703-9120
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Charles Bevins, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Innate Immune Responses; Mucosal Immunology; Antimicrobial Peptides

(530) 754-6889
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Frank Chuang, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology

Research is focused in Advanced optical methods to visualize and measure biological processes at the sub-cellular/molecular scale.  Structured-illumination microscopy for superresolution imaging of HIV transfer through virological synapses.  Dr. Chuang is an adjunct assistant professor in the Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, in association with the Center for Biophotonics and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

(916) 734-1773
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Anthony Cornel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Entomology

Research is focused in Insecticide resistance in West Nile virus and malaria mosquito vectors, Population structure and systematics of the Culex pipiens complex, Population structure of the Anopheles gambiae complex and Vector competency of Culex pipiens complex for West Nile virus. 

(559) 646-6556
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Abhaya Dandekar, Ph.D.

Professor
Plant Sciences

Research is focused on molecular, biochemical and genomic dissection of genetic traits in fruit trees:  particularly fascinated by the biochemical/physiological manifestation of phenotypic traits like disease & pest susceptibility/resistance. My lab is interested in understanding the relationship between specific traits and genes and is also interested in developing a system level understanding of the functional relationships between traits and genes in a genomics and whole plant context. We are also interested in developing technology and tools to enable trait specific diagnostics and to improve protein and/or gene based therapies.

(530) 752-7784
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Satya Dandekar, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

 

Research program is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infections with special emphasis on gastrointestinal mucosal lymphoid tissue (GALT) as a major target organ of the viral infection and as a viral reservoir.

(530) 752-3409
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Scott Dawson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Microbiology

Research is focused in Structural and cytoskeletal of the parasite Giardia and its interactions with the host. Comparative genomics of commensal and free-living anaerobic protists from the bovine rumen. 

(530) 752-3633 
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Savithram Dinesh-Kumar, Ph.D.

Professor
Plant Biology

Aggressively pursuing basic research activities to understand the molecular mechanisms by which plant immune receptors recognize pathogens and initiate innate immune signaling.

(530) 752-2205
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Michael George, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Microbiologist
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Research program focuses on understanding the role of host-microbe dysbiosis in mucosal pathogenesis associated with human immunodeficiency and simian immunodeficiency virus (HIV/SIV) infection.

(530) 754-7242
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Dennis Hartigan-O'Connor, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Research is focused in the development of the human immune system and interaction of that system with agents of chronic infection such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). 

(530) 754-4360
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Volkmar Heinrich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering

Main interest is in understanding the inner workings of the small bits of life.  Bridging the nano- (molecular) and micro- (cellular) scales, we study single biomolecule interactions within their physiologically relevant cellular context, and ask conversely how the cellular machinery orchestrates molecular interactions to carry out biological functions. 

(530) 754-6644
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James Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean
College of Biological Sciences

Professor
Molecular and Cellular Biology

Area of expertise is how HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, enters cells and causes infection. 

(530) 752-4460
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Michael Liebowitz, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Research focuses on the studies the interaction of malarial parasites with mammalian entothelial cells. 

(530) 752-3427
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Johan Leveau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology

Research centers on the structure and activity of microbial communities associated with plants.

(530) 752-5046
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Shirley Luckhart, Ph.D.

Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

General areas of research in the laboratory include: the molecular cell biology and biochemistry of malaria parasite transmission, the functional characterization of the immunological crosstalk and cell signaling that occurs between the mosquito and the mammalian host during bloodfeeding, and the impact of endemic co-infections on malaria parasite development and transmission. 

(530) 754-9408
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Stephen McSorley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Center for Comparative Medicine

Research is focused in the Study the innate and adaptive immune response to Salmonella and Chlamydia infection and are particularly interested in visualizing these responses in mucosal tissues 

(530) 752-3414
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Sumathi Sankaran-Walter, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Research interests includes the effects of menopause on mucosal health in women, the molecular basis for these effects, the role of hormones in the maintenance of mucosal integrity and barrier function and the combined effects HIV and aging on gut mucosal function and immunosenescence. 

(530) 752-3542
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Jared Shaw, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Chemistry

Research is focused on the development of new reactions and the stereoselective synthesis of natural products and other biologically active molecules. We recently developed a novel four component reaction (4CR) that is being applied to the assembly of several complex polycyclic alkaloids. We are also synthesizing several natural products that target bacteria resistant to current antibiotics.

(530) 752-9979
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Jay Solnick, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Center for Comparative Medicine

Research program is focused on bacterial pathogenesis and Helicobacter pylori pathogenesis. 

(530) 752-1333
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Bart Weimer, Ph.D.

Professor
Population Health and Reproduction

Research focuses on microbial systems biology. His program studies the molecular mechanism of host/microbe interactions and the role of bacterial physiology during association. These studies include integration of multi-omics data sets to draw biological function hypotheses from complex data sets.

(530) 752-5819
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Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist
Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Research interests is in molecular mechansims of immune evasion by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi; Host-microbe-microbiota interaction during Salmonella gastroenteritis; dysbiosis during non-infectious inflammatory diarrhea.

(530) 754-8534
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If you wish to be added to this page, please send your contact information and research interests to Karryn Doyle at kddoyle@ucdavis.edu.