FACULTY

The faculty included in this list are the members of the Graduate Program in Microbiology. Any of the individuals listed may serve as laboratory rotation mentors and thesis advisors for Microbiology Graduate Program students.

David J. Barton, PhD
Picornavirus RNA translation and replication; hepatitis C virus and innate antiviral immunity
Barton Faculty Profile

J. David Beckham, MD
Pathogenesis of flavivirus infections including Zika virus and West Nile virus, molecular virology, and the interactions of conserved host proteins with viral RNA
Beckham Faculty Profile

Kambez Benam, PhD
My research is to understand mechanisms of lung preneoplasia and how to recreate early stages of lung cancer outside the human body to harness for personalized drug development; as well as to characterize immune cells interaction with the tumor cells
Benam Faculty Profile

Leslie Berg, PhD
Specializes in understanding how T cells develop and help fight infection

John C. Cambier, PhD
BCR Antigen Receptor Structure and signaling MHC Class II signaling Inhibitory "Checkpoint" Receptor Signaling Molecular basis of B cell anergy Description of STING/MPYS, a transducer of innate immune signals
Cambier Faculty Profile

Randall J. Cohrs, PhD
The Molecular Biology of Herpesvirus sylvilagus
Cohrs Faculty Profile

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD
Mechanisms by which the HIV Tat protein modulates oxidative stress and inflammation
Cota-Gomez Faculty Profile

Richard Davis, PhD
Programmed DNA elimination and novel RNA functions
Davis Faculty Profile

Kelly Doran, PhD
Studying host - pathogen interactions in the central nervous system (CNS) and the female reproductive during infection and colonization
Doran Faculty Profile

Breck Duerkop, PhD
Phage-bacteria interactions and mobile DNA related to antibiotic resistant bacteria and the microbiota
Duerkop Faculty Profile

Sonia Flores, PhD
Mechanisms of HIV-1 Tat and Nef-dependent vascular endothelial cell phenotypic changes; T. whipplei lung pathogenesis
Flores Faculty Profile

Daniel N. Frank, PhD
The study of the human microbiome in health and a variety of diseases
Frank Faculty Profile

Magdalena "Magda" Gorska, MD, PhD
My laboratory studies maternal effects on the immune system and development of allergic diseases, with a particular focus on asthma
Gorska Faculty Profile

J. Kirk Harris, PhD
Respiratory microbiota and model system microbiota
Harris Faculty Profile

Jay Hesselberth, PhD
Genomics of DNA and RNA repair
Hesseberth Faculty Profile

Alexander Horswill, PhD
Bacterial pathogenesis including quorum-sensing signal production, biofilm development mechanisms, virulence factor function in host-pathogen
Horswill Faculty Profile

Edward Janoff, MD
Mucosal immunity; HIV transmission and vaccine; pneumococcal infections and vaccine; B cell regulation
Janoff Faculty Profile

Sana Karam, MD, PhD
To use molecular biology and pharmacological inhibitors to target Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and signaling enzymes mediating radioresistance of CNS and head and neck cancers.
Karam Faculty Profile

Marijka Keestra-Gounder, PhD
The major focus of my research program is to elucidate pathways of innate immunity that can distinguish harmless microbes from pathogens, thereby enabling the host to mount responses that are commensurate with the threat.
Keestra-Gounder Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Kieft, PhD
Discovery, structure, and function of RNA, RNA-protein, and RNA-ribosome complexes important for infection by viruses
Kieft Faculty Profile

Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD
Microbiome and mucosal immunity in the development of autoimmune diseases
Kuhn Faculty Profile

Laurel Lenz, PhD
Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, host-bacterial interactions, host-directed therapeutics, innate immunity, interferons Listeria monocytogenes
Lenz Faculty Profile

Catherine Lozupone, PhD
Microbiology of the human gut and impacts on health. The development of bioinformatics techniques for analysis of marker gene and genomic sequence data
Lozupone Lab Website

Siddhartha Mitra, PhD
To determine the molecular mechanisms whereby brain tumors evade immune-surveillance by myeloid cells.
Mitra Faculty Profile

Thomas E. "Tem" Morrison, PhD
Immunological mechanisms that influence the clearance or persistence of arboviruses and protozoan parasites; molecular mechanisms by which pathogens counteract host innate and adaptive immune responses.
Morrison Faculty Profile

Maria Nagel, MD
Clinical and basic research aspects of stroke caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV).
Nagel Faculty Profile

Paul Norman, PhD
Dr. Norman studies immunogenetics, which is the genetic variation that underpins our differential responses to infection and autoimmunity
Norman Faculty Profile

Brent E. Palmer, PhD
Delineating the effects of HIV infection on T cell function
Palmer Faculty Profile

Vanessa Phelan, PhD
Microbiome; Natural Products; Specialized Metabolites; Mass Spectrometry; Metabolomics; Metabolic Exchange; Opportunistic Pathogens; Cystic Fibrosis
Phelan Faculty Profile

Eric M. Poeschla, MD
Molecular virology and pathogenesis of RNA viruses including HIV-1, positive strand RNA viruses, innate immunity to viruses, including viral nucleic acid sensing. Viral vectors, site-specific gene targeting.
Poeschla Faculty Profile

Mercedes Rincon, PhD
>Areas of research are Role of p38 MAPK and GSK3β in T cell development and function as well as IL-6 as a key regulator of T cell immune response in inflammatory diseases and cancer.
Rincon Faculty Profile

Rosemary Rochford, PhD
Co-infections with and immune responses to human gammaherpesviruses and P. falciparum malaria
Rochford Faculty Profile

Mario Santiago, PhD
Innate host restriction and adaptive immunity against pathogenic retroviruses (Friend retrovirus, SIV and HIV)
Santiago Faculty Profile

Michael J. Schurr, PhD
Transcriptional regulation and molecular biology of bacterial virulence factors
Schurr Faculty Profile

Dan Sherbenou, MD, PhD
I oversee a translational research laboratory focused on novel therapy development and optimization for multiple myeloma and will care for patients with myeloma and related plasma cell disorders of Colorado and adjoining areas.
Sherbenou Faculty Profile

Mia Smith, PhD, DVM
My laboratory studies the role of autoreactive B cells during development of type 1 diabetes (T1D), as well as other autoimmune disorders.
Smith Faculty Profile 

Kenneth L. Tyler, MD
Pathogenesis of viral infections of the Central Nervous System (West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, Zika, Enteroviruses, Reoviruses)
Tyler Faculty Profile

Linda van Dyk, PhD
Genetic and molecular approaches to infection and pathogenesis by lymphotropic herpesviruses

Van Dyk Faculty Profile

Andreas Vazquez-Torres, DVM, PhD
Molecular and redox determinants in the pathogenesis of intracellular bacteria
Vazquez-Torres Faculty Profile

Martin I. Voskuil, PhD
Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei mechanisms of latency and drug tolerance
Voskuil Faculty Profile

Tuoqi Wu, PhD
My research program is dedicated to understanding the molecular pathways that govern T cell differentiation and function during infection and cancer.
Wu Faculty Profile

Hongjin Zheng, PhD
It is vitally important to understand how membrane proteins function, which is the overarching goal of our research.
Zheng Faculty Profile