Bacterial Infections – Key Faculty & Specific Research Interests


Instructor in Medicine

Research Interest: clinical research, bacterial genomics and molecular microbiology to identify host and microbial determinants of understudied infections, such as non-hospital acquired Acinetobacter baumannii infections and Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infections in persons who inject drugs (collaboration with Laura Marks, MD, PhD, ID division).

Professor of Medicine



Dr. Fischer specializes in basic and translational sciences to support the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases, with a special focus on helminths.

Professor, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology



Research Interest: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) molecular pathogenesis and vaccine development.

Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology



Dr. Henderson specializes in infection pathogenesis, with a special focus on urinary tract infections and identifying how special bacterial adaptations increase pathogenic potential in patients.

Assistant Professor of Medicine



Dr. Kuhlmann specializes in translational sciences, with a special focus on global health.  He studies the interaction between malnutrition and infectious diseases.

Assistant Professor of Medicine



Dr. Kwon specializes in clinical and translational research with a focus on antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention.

Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Marks specializes in clinical infectious diseases with a special focus on infectious complications in people who inject drugs.

Associate Professor of Medicine



Interests: in vivo imaging approaches to study cellular immunity, in particular cellular mechanisms of antigen presentation and leukocyte trafficking during infection and inflammation

Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology


Dr. Philips is principal investigator of an NIH-funded lab that studies how Mycobacterium tuberculosis evades the host immune response.

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Research Interest: We study the complicated interplay among three important factors: commensal microbes, the host immune system, and viral and bacterial pathogens.