Basic Science Research


lamina propria dendritic cells in mouse intestine – contributed by Mark J. Miller, PhD, Associate Professor

The Division of Infectious Diseases faculty have diverse and complementary research interests. Below is a listing of faculty and their research interests by category.

Bacterial pathogens

  • Juan Calix, MD, PhD – microbial and host determinants of Acinetobacter baumannii disease and transmission
  • James M Fleckenstein, MD – Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) molecular pathogenesis and vaccine development.
  • Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD – Pathophysiology of innate defense to epithelial gram negative infections.
  • F. Matthew Kuhlmann, MD – Drug development against the neglected tropical disease, leishmaniasis; Understanding the interaction between malnourished hosts and enteropathogens, in particular Enteratoxigenic Escherichia coli.
  • Mark J. Miller, PhD – Cellular mechanisms of antigen presentation and leukocyte trafficking, antigen capture and presentation in the spleen.
  • Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD – Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) causes tuberculosis (TB), one of the world’s most deadly infections.
  • Megan Tierney Baldridge, MD, PhD – Bacterial and viral pathogens.

Microbial genomics

  • Juan Calix, MD, PhD – multi-omics approach to identification microbial determinants of Acinetobacter disease
  • Makedonka Mitreva, PhD – Genomics of infectious diseases, helminth genomics, human metagenomics.
  • Gregory Storch, MD – Virology and the molecular identification of new and emerging pathogens.
  • Gary J. Weil, MD – Clinical parasitology, tropical medicine, travel medicine and international health.

Neuroinfectious diseases

  • Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD – Research Interest: Cellular and molecular studies of viral and autoimmune encephalitis
  • Haina Shin, MD – Research Interest:Immune responses to herpes simplex virus infection

Parasitic infections


  • James M Fleckenstein, MD – Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) molecular pathogenesis and vaccine development.
  • Steven J. Lawrence, MD, MSc – Human immune response to viral infections and vaccines, infections in transplant recipients, and preparedness for pandemic influenza and bioterrorism events.